Student activist sentenced to five more years

Feb 5, 2009 (DVB), De Nyein Linn, leader of the 2007 All Burmese Federation of Student Unions, has been given an additional five-year jail term, bringing his total sentence to 15 and a half years.

South Dagon township court imposed the additional sentence for charges under the Unlawful Association Act, according to family members.

De Nyein Linn was first sentenced to six and half years in prison on 19 November 2008 by San Chaung township court on four charges, including sedition.

Nine days later he was sentenced to four more years by Htantabin township court on further sedition charges and for inciting public disorder.

Den Nyein Linn's father, 88 Generation Students group member Zaw Zaw Min, was sentenced to 65 years' imprisonment in November last year.

De Nyein Linn, 20, was a final-year geology student at Western Rangoon University before he was arrested in 2007 following the monk-led mass protests in September of that year.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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