Lawyer for Democracy Activists and Three Defendants Imprisoned for Contempt
A Burmese lawyer Nyi Nyi Htwe and three defendants, whom he represents on trial, were sentenced today by Rangoon Northern District Court six-month each under the Section 228 of the Penal Code, an offence of interruption and insulting the judiciary proceeding.
Nyi Nyi Htwe and another lawyer Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min are defending for the 11 NLD youth members from Hlaing Thar Yar Township, Rangoon, who were arrested in September 2008 for their peaceful march towards the Shwe Dagon Pagoda on June 19, 2007, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday with wearing T-shirt with photo of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on it. They were arrested on that day and released next day by the authorities. One year later, they were arrested again and charged with an offense for instigation of public unrest and put on the trial before the Hlaing Thar Yar Township Court.
During the trial, three defendants, Yan Naing Tun, Myo Kyaw Zin and Aung Min Naing (aka) Mee Thwe argued that they were released in June 2007 by the authorities, who claimed then that the authorities considered them as sons and daughters and gave them great forgiveness. Therefore, these three defendants requested the judge to summon Maj-Gen Maung Oo (Minister of Home Affairs) and Brig-Gen Khin Yee (Chief of Police) as their defense witnesses. The judge refused to their request and asked their lawyers, Nyi Nyi Htwe and Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min to control their clients. Two lawyers answered that they were to follow instruction made by their clients. Then the Township judge sued them with Section 228 of the Penal Code at the District Court. District judge issued arrest warrants for two lawyers and Nyi Nyi Htwe was arrested yesterday while he tried to explain the judge.
Today, a judge from Rangoon Northern District Court delivered six-month imprisonment to Nyi Nyi Htwe, Yan Naing Tun, Myo Kyaw Zin and Aung Min Naing (aka) Mee Thwe in a summary trial, in which they all were not allowed to defend and have legal representatives. When Nyi Nyi Htwe asked the judge to allow him to defend for himself, the judge scolded him and threatened with another lawsuit. They all are sent to Insein Prison. Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min failed to appear before the court and therefore he is still at large.
Solo Protestor U Ohn Than’s Appeal for Life Sentence Rejected
Today, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of U Ohn Than (63-year old, male), who was sentenced life imprisonment for his solo and peaceful protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon in August 2007. During the 15-minute long protest, U Ohn Than wore a prisoner uniform and held the poster, in which his demand of the release of all political prisoners and realizing of political dialogue was written by hands. He was arrested by security forces and detained in Insein Prison. Then he was sent before a summary court, charged with Section 124 (A) of the Penal Code, an offence of an attempt to excite disaffection towards the Government. The Court delivered a life sentence on him and transferred him from Insein Prison in Rangoon to Khamti Prison in Sagaing Division.
Two Democracy Activists Imprisoned
Today, special courts, held inside Insein Prison Compound, delivered sentences to two Burmese democracy activists. Zaw Zaw Min (aka) Bound Bound, who is a member of the 88 Generation Students, was sentenced two-year imprisonment with hard labor under the Section 505 (B) of the Penal Code. Another activist Aung Thein Lwin (aka) Shel was sentenced 11-year imprisonment.