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Two ABFSU leaders transferred to remote prisons

Feb 24, 2009 (DVB), Two All Burma Federation of Student Unions leaders who were recently sentenced to three years' imprisonment each have been transferred to remote prisons, according to their families.

ABFSU leaders Kyaw Ko Ko and Nyan Linn Aung were sentenced to three years in prison by Mingalar Taung Nyunt township court in Rangoon earlier this month under video laws.

Kyaw Ko Ko was among the political prisoners who met UN special rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana during his recent visit to Burma.

Kyaw Ko Ko's father Kyaw Aye said he had not been able to see his son since the visit because political inmates are only allowed family visits once every two weeks.

"My son met with Mr Quintana on the 16th but I couldn't go and visit him as I had just seen him on the 13th," said Kyaw Aye.

Kyaw Aye said he found out his son and Nyan Linn Aung had been moved from Insein to other remote prisons early on Saturday morning, but had not yet been able to confirm where they have been sent.

"I went to a court in Tamwe [on 23 February] to show support for some political activists on trial there," he said.

"They told me that my son and his colleague were no longer in Insein prison ward 5 where they were previously detained."

Kyaw Aye said he immediately went to Insein prison and was told by an official there that Kyaw Ko Ko had been transferred to Taunggyi prison in Shan state while Nyan Linn Aung was sent to Bhamo prison in Kachin state.

"I made a phone call to Taunggyi prison to confirm the news but they told me Kyaw Ko Ko had not yet arrived," Kyaw Aye said.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew


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