Blogger Nay Phone Latt's sentence reduced

Feb 20, 2009 (DVB), Rangoon divisional court today upheld an appeal by blogger Nay Phone Latt and reduced his sentence by eight and a half years, according to his mother Aye Aye Than.

Nay Phone Latt was sentenced to 20 years and six months in prison under the Electronics Act in November last year.

Aye Aye Than said she was unhappy that her son's conviction was not overturned.

"The court decided to reduce his prison terms under the electronic and the video acts but I’m not satisfied with his yet as my son never did anything wrong to go to prison," she said.

"I called Pha-an prison after hearing the court’s decision and asked officials there to pass on the good news to my son , hopefully they will do that."

Nay Phone Latt, a blogger and internet café owner, came to prominence during the public demonstrations in September 2007 when his blog became an important source of information on the protests.

He was arrested in January 2008 and is currently being held in Pha-an prison in Karen state.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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