NLD member's appeal rejected

Oct 24, 2008 (DVB), An appeal on behalf of Twante township National League for Democracy member Ma Sandar was rejected by the district court yesterday, according to Ma Sandar's husband Zaw Min.

Ma Sandar was sentenced to 13 months' imprisonment in August for obstructing a government official after a dispute with police and intelligence agents in February.

Two people who had bought car batteries from Ma Sandar's shop were stopped and questioned by the officials, who then went to Ma Sandar's shop and got into an argument with her.

Zaw Min said Ma Sandar would continue to appeal her sentence.

"We have made copies of all the documents to take it to the divisional court," Zaw Min said.

"If we don’t succeed, we take it to the central court. If we still don’t, we will go to the supreme court to get to the truth," he said.

"If necessary we will go to the United Nations and international organisations."

Ma Sandar has reported on cases of official corruption to senior authorities in the past, and has husband has said he believes the charges against her were politically motivated.

Other Twante residents have also said Ma Sandar was treated unfairly, comparing her case to that of a man who attacked the township deputy police chief but was only given a 1000 kyat fine.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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