Zarganar's sentence reduced by 24 years

Feb 16, 2009 (DVB), Rangoon divisional court upheld appeals by comedian Zarganar, journalist Zaw Thet Htway and two others last week and reduced their prison terms by up to 24 years, according to their families.

Zarganar’s sister-in-law Ma Nyein told DVB the court had deducted three eight-year sentences on electronics charges from the comedian and activist's total of 59 years' imprisonment.

Zarganar’s co-defendants Zaw Thet Htway, Tin Maung Aye and Thant Zin Aung were also granted reductions of their prison terms under the electronics law.

"Zaw Thet Htway’s eight-year prison term under the electronics act was also revoked so he is to serve only 11 years now instead of 19 years," said Ma Nyein.

"Thent Zin Aung, who was jailed for 18 years, will now serve only 10 years."

She said Tin Maung Aye, who is also known as Gatone Lay, was granted a 15-year reduction in total from his sentence of 29 years.

"The court also cancelled a seven-year prison sentence under the immigration act for using a fake ID, so he only has 14 years left," she said.

Ma Nyein said the family had visited Zarganar on 9 February in Myitkyina prison in Kachin state where he is being detained and were assured that he was in good health.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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