Zarganar and U Gambira jailed for over 40 years

Nov 24, 2008 (DVB), The Burmese regime has continued its crackdown against activists, handing down a 45-year sentence to Zarganar and extending monk leader U Gambira's jail term by another 40 years.

Comedian and activist Zarganar was a prominent supporter of the monk-led demonstrations in September last year and played a leading role in relief efforts after Cyclone Nargis struck in May.

He was arrested in June and was sentenced on 21 November for three offences under the Electronics Law, including the use of a mobile phone and email,

Colleagues of the activist said his sentence was unjustifiable.

The authorities also sentenced journalist Zaw Thet Htwe and Thant Zin Aung to 15 years in prison, and gave Tin Maung Aye and 29-year sentence.

<./p>All-Burmese Monks' Alliance leader U Gambira was sentenced to a further 40 years' imprisonment, in addition to the 27-year sentence he had already been given.

Four years were also added to the prison sentences of the abbot of Thu Mingala monastery, five other monks and six lay people.

These sentences are the latest in a series of lengthy jail terms passed down on government opponents in recent weeks.

Reporting by DVB

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