Six students given prison sentences
for distributing leaflets
DVB ( Feb 23-24 )
A court in Rangoon sentenced six Burmese students to long-term
imprisonments for allegedly distributing leaflets denouncing
the ‘roadmap’ plan of Burma’s military junta,
State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The sentences
were passed at a trial by Eastern District court of Rangoon
Division on 20 February.
Ko Nanda Sit Aung and Ko Zaw Linn Tun were each given 17
years, Ko Kyaw Soe Moe 12 years, Ko Lwin Ko Latt, Ko Kyaw
Kyaw and Ko Han Win Aung were each given 7 years. They were
charged with Acts 6, 5J, 17 (1), 13 (1) AND 13 (5).
Ko Kyaw Soe Moe’s wife Ma Myint Aye said her husband
was arrested on 26 September with the promise that he would
be released within two or three days. She was six months pregnant
when he was arrested and she is now struggling to survive
with a child without the help of her husband.
Pro-democracy activists inside, outside Burma denounced the
action of the junta insisting that all citizens should have
the right to participate in political activities and express
their opinions freely for national reconciliation to emerge.
They also warned that there could be no peace and prosperity
in Burma as long as there is military dictatorship in Burma.
It is the first time someone was given a 17 year sentence
for denouncing the ‘roadmap’ plan of the junta
in Burma which is designed to propagate military dictatorship