Junta sentences six relief volunteers

by Phanida
Saturday, 11 April 2009 16:36

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A Special Court in the notorious Insein prison precincts in Rangoon on Friday, sentenced relief workers, who were helping victims of Cyclone Nargis, to prison terms ranging from two to four years.

Former political prisoner, Dr Nay Win, along with his daughter Phyo Phyo Aung and four others were helping villagers in the cyclone-hit delta, to cremate corpses. They were arrested and charged under Sections 6 and 7 of Unlawful Association.

Advocate Khin Maung Myint, who was in court, told Mizzima that Aung Thant Zin Oo, Phyo Phyo Aung and Shein Yarza Tun were sentenced to four years each, while Nay Win, Aung Kyaw San and Phone Pye Kywe were sentenced to two years each.

Defense Counsel, Khin Maung Myint, said his clients were charged for having contact with 88 Generation Student Leader, Tun Myint Aung, and for communicating with the foreign media.

The six people were arrested in June 2008, by Military Affairs Security (MAS), on their way back from Bogale Township in Irrawaddy Division, where they had been helping cremate victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Mizzima News


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