More activists jailed in connection with 2007 protests

Nov 14, 2008 (DVB)-More than 20 people being detained in connection with last year’s September movement were sentenced to serve prison terms yesterday, according to their family members.

Ko Min Han received 11 years, Ko Myo Yan Naung Thein – two years, Ko Min Min Soe – one year, Ma Honey Oo, student of Dagon University – nine and a half years, U Myo Khin, chairman of Yankin township National League for Democracy – four and a half years, and, Hlaingthaya and Kemmendine townships’ NLD emmebrs U Tin Yu, Ko Thant Zin Myo and Ma Hla Hla Maw, Ko Kyaw Soe Win, Ko Aung Min Naing (aka) Ko Mee Thway, Ko Soe Win, Ko Myo Kyaw Zin, Ko Win Myint, Ko Yan Naing Tun, Ko San Naing and Ko Soe Min Min (aka) Ko Soe Nge – seven and a half years each.

They were imprisoned after various charges, including inciting unrest and disturbing public tranquility, were filed against them.

U Tin Yu, Ko Min Han and Ko Myo Yan Naung Thein were jailed by a special court in Insein prison while U Myo Khin was tried by the Tamwe township court.

NLD Member Ko Kyin Hlaing from Dawbon township was also sentenced to four years’ imprisonment by the Kyauktada township court.

Kyauktada township court also sentenced two monks, including Ashin Sanda Dika, to eight years’ imprisonment for their involvement in the Saffron Movement.

Insein township court sentenced Ko Thein Aye to two years. Ko Thein Aye who has mental disorders was charged with sheltering Ko Tin Win Lay, member of outlawed All Burma Federation of Student Unions.

In Yankin, the township court sentenced two monks, U Sandimar and U Sanda, from Ngwe Kya Yan Monastery to prison after they were accused of participating in the Saffron Movement.

On 11 November, six monks from the same monastery were each sentenced to serve six and a half years in Insein prison after they were charged under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code for agitating unrest, and other offences.

On the same day, Ko Aung Kyaw Oo, Ko Sai Min Thein, and Ko Nay Aung were jailed for protesting against high commodity prices. Insein township court handed down four and a half years’ prison terms for the former two and two years for Ko Nay Aung.

Reporting by DVB

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