Detained Mandalay students sent to hard labour camp

Oct 4, 2007 (DVB), About 50 students from Mandalay have been sentenced to five years' imprisonment in a hard labour camp, according to family members.

The students were arrested by the Burmese authorities in connection with last month's protests and have been sent to a hard labour prison work camp in Sagaing division.

A judicial official in Mandalay confirmed to DVB that the students had been brought before the court and sentenced before being sent to Kabaw prison work camp in Sagaing. Orders for the move were given to officials by the Minister of Industry (1), Aung Thaung.

Reporting by Moe Aye

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