Pop star imprisoned for further 10 years

Mar 6, 2009 (DVB), The frontman of a well-known pop band has been sentenced along with two others to ten years imprisonment under the Electronics Act.

Win Maw, an 88 generation student member who fronts Shwe Thanzin ('Golden Melody'), was sentenced on 5 March. Another 88 generation student member Zaw Zaw Min (also known as Baung Baung) was also sentenced, along with Aung Zaw Oo.

The latest sentencing means Win Maw will now serve a total of 17 years, Zaw Zaw Min a total of 12 years, and Aung Zaw Oo a total of 22 years.

All three court hearings were held in Insein Prison's special court.

Meanwhile, Weekly Eleven journal editor Kyaw Kyaw Thant, who is imprisoned at Insein jail for reporting on Cyclone Nargis, has reported breathing difficulties after being kept in a small cell and denied regular exercise, his sister Thanma Thant said.

Kyaw Kyaw Thant was arrested with Ecovision’s reporter Eint Khaing Oo.

Dr. Thet Lwin, who was sentenced on 3 March, has been transferred to Sittwe prison in Arakan State. Myo Min Wai has been transferred to Khandee prison in northern Burma, and Myon Min to Kyaukpyu prison in Arakan state, sources close to Insein prison said.

Two Rangoon supreme court lawyers, Aung Thein and Khin Maung Shein, who had been imprisoned for four months for alleged contempt of court, were released today.

Young lawyer, Nyi Nyi Htway, who has been imprisoned for six months in jail for allegedly hampering trial procedures, is due for release in April.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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