Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Generation activists jailed

Nov 18, 2008 (DVB)–Seven leaders of the New Generation Students activist group, including Sithu Maung, Ye Myat Hein and Zin Linn Aung, were given prison sentences yesterday in connection with last year's Saffron Revolution.

The seven were each given six-and-a-half-year prison terms for inciting public unrest and unlawful assembly by the Insein prison special court.

On the same day, the court decided that Ye Myat Hein should serve an additional three-and-a-half-year term for obstructing officials on duty.

Sithu Maung was also given an additional five-year sentence by Tamwe township court under the Unlawful Association Act.

High profile commodity protester Hin Kyaw was also sentenced yesterday by Western Rangoon Province court inside the Insein prison compound.

He was jailed by judge U Kyaw Swe for 12 and a half years on six charges.

Monk U Sandawara from North Okkalapa township's Thiri Mingalar monastery was also jailed for eight and half years by Tamwe township court.

Blogger Nay Phone Latt and 88 generation student member Nyan Linn, who were both recently given lengthy prison terms, were transferred to Pha-an prison in Karen state on yesterday, according to family members.

Aung Zaw Oo of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network was transferred to Bago prison while network member Win Maw was transferred to Taung Ngu prison.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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