ABFSU leaders jailed for three years

Feb 10, 2009 (DVB), All Burmese Federation of Student Unions leaders Kyaw Ko Ko and Nyan Linn Aung were sentenced to three years' imprisonment each by Rangoon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt township court yesterday.

Judge Tin Latt sentenced the two to the maximum term under the Video Act.

Kyaw Aye, Kyaw Ko Ko’s father, said the sentence was politically motivated.

"Under the law my son should be released because when they caught him, they only seized a mobile phone from him and the special police had already testified that all the exhibits presented belonged to Nyan Linn Aung," Kyaw Aye said.

"They could have just let him pay the 100,000 kyat fine instead of giving him the maximum three-year punishment, but I can’t really complain now as there were political motives behind the sentence."

Kyaw Aye said Kyaw Ko Ko was suffering from jaundice and he was worried his son might be transferred to another prison before he gets better.

Kyaw Ko Ko, who is studying for a Master's degree in economics, played a significant role in the September 2007 demonstrations.

He and Nyan Linn Aung, a final-year year economics student, were arrested together on 16 March 2008.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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