Nargis accused to receive legal help

Feb 25, 2009 (DVB), Six members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions who were arrested last year after helping victims of cyclone Nargis have been granted permission to have legal representation in their ongoing trial.

The trial is being held in Insein prison special court, where Dr. Newin and his daughter Phyo Phyo Aung, Aung Kyaw San, Phone Pyi Kywe, Shane Yazar Htun and Aung Thant Zin Oo (aka James) are defending government allegations of sedition and the unlawful association acts.

They were arrested for collecting and burying rotting corpses in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Central court lawyer Khin Maung Myint, who has been representing the six since they were arrested, said he was allowed to enter the courtroom during a hearing session on yesterday.

"I was allowed to meet them at the trial [on Tuesday] and I had a talk with them , all of them seemed to be in good health," he said.

"The next hearing is on 3 March and then I will have to present some necessary documents at the court to get permission to talk on behalf of them at the trial."

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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