No relief for jailed New Zealander as 'Buddha Bar' storm continues

No relief for jailed New Zealander as 'Buddha Bar' storm continues

Phil Blackwood, 33, remains incarcerated in Rangoon’s notorious Insein Prison, accused of offending religion.

He has accepted responsibility for a Facebook post that depicted the Buddha wearing headphones and promoted discounted alcoholic drinks at the V Gastro Bar.

Options are running out for the New Zealand national who fronted court for a fifth time on Wednesday, alongside two Burmese codefendants, Tun Thurein and Htut Ko Ko Lwin.

Blackwood’s defence lawyer remains downbeat, in a case closely watched by a devoutly Buddhist nation.

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