Dec 21, 2007 (DVB), Three residents of Monywa, the capital of Sagaing division, have been sentenced to up to two and a half years in prison after giving water to protesting monks in September.
Ko Shwe Thway, Ko Zaw Gyi and Ko Yazar were charged with incitement of offences against the state or public tranquility under section 505 (b) of the penal code, and also with defamation, according to Monywa residents.
Ko Shwe Thway was sentenced to two and a half years' imprisonment, while Ko Zaw Gyi and Ko Yazay were each given a two-year jail term.
Local residents said that none of the men were political activists or affiliated with any political groups.
Reporting by Thet Naing