Ko Htin Kyaw's trial postponed

Dec 18, 2007 (DVB), Activist Ko Htin Kyaw's trial has been postponed and moved to a special court after today's scheduled hearing attracted a high level of public interest.

Htin Kyaw was due to appear at Pabadan court today in connection with his leading role in protests against high commodity prices.

Htin Kyaw's hearing has now been postponed until 26 December, and will be held in a special court inside Insein prison, according to lawyer U Aung Thein's office.

Judge Daw Khin Khin Thaw requested that Htin Kyaw continue to be held on remand until 26 December.

Zaw Nyunt, who was arrested with Htin Kyaw on 25 August but has since been released, went to the court today and said that around 200 spectators came to watch the trial, including officials from the US embassy.

"A lot of people came to the court hearing, and that was the main reason for postponing it," Zaw Nyunt said.

"The upper floor of the courtroom was full of people, and there were police officers everywhere," he said.

Htin Kyaw has been in detention since 25 August and began a hunger strike on 20 November, calling for the release of all political prisoners.

Reporting by Aye Nai

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