Saw Wai gets two years for writing coded poem

Nov 11, 2008 (DVB)-Poet Saw Wai who was arrested early this year for writing a poem containing anti-junta leader message has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by a court inside Insein jail, according to his lawyer.

U Soe Maung, lawyer for Saw Wai told DVB that Rangoon Bahan township court on Monday has sentenced his client to two years in prison on the charge of causing public alarm.

"We are now preparing to lodge appeal to high-level courts in accordance with my client’s wish," said U Soe Maung.

Saw Wai was arrested on 22 January after one of his poems contains the message ‘Megalomaniac General Than Shwe’, was published in the weekly news journal ‘Love’.

Reporting by Yee May Aung

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