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Lawyer Pho Phyu arrested

Jan 19, 2009 (DVB), Lawyer Pho Phyu, who is well known for representing political activists in various trials across Burma, has been arrested by Magwe division authorities in Aung Lan township, according to his friends.

Pho Phyu was recently dismissed by Magwe township court as defence lawyer for labour activists who were arrested after reporting a case of forced labour by local authorities in Aung Lan to the International Labour Organisation.

One of his colleagues in Magwe told DVB that Pho Phyu had gone to Aung Lan again last week to deliver the necessary documents and evidence relating the case for a court hearing on 15 January.

"He was also accompanied by a computer expert who was assisting his former clients in presenting data evidence stored on a computer," said the colleague.

"He was arrested by Aung Lan’s Special Police Information Branch on the evening of 15 January while waiting for the computer expert at a bus station to make the journey back to Rangoon."

Sources close to the case in Aung Lan said Pho Phyu was immediately sent to a holding cell in Magwe police station where he was likely to be interrogated.

Pho Phyu was briefly apprehended by authorities and had his belongings searched on 1 January in Nat Mauk township in Magwe when he was preparing for an earlier hearing.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw


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