This is a news update from yesterday.
U Gambira Reecived Additional 15 Years Imprisonment
Today, a special court held inside the Insein Prison Compound delivered a harsh sentence, 15 years imprisonment with hard labor, to U Gambira, a leader of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA) which led the peaceful protests in September 2007. U Gambari has already received 12 years imprisonment by a different court two days ago on Nov 18, 2008. His total prison term as of today becomes 27 years. He is still on trials for other charges and will receive more sentences soon.
Hip-Hop Musician Zay Yar Thaw and Five Members of the Generation Wave Sentenced
A judge from Lanmadaw Township in Rangoon delivered harsh sentences to six members of the Generation Wave, which was formed by young Burmese during the Saffron Revolution. They are Arkar Bo, Aung Zay Phyo, Thiha Win Tin, Yan Naing Thu, Wai Lwin Phyo and Zay Yar Thaw. They all received six years imprisonment each for the charge under the Section 6 of the Law Relating to Forming of Organization. Famous Hip-Hop Musician Zay Yar Thaw received additional one year and six months imprisonment under the charge of Section 24 (1) of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act.
A Monk and 13 NLD Members Imprisoned
A special court held inside the Insein Prison Compound delivered two years and six months imprisonment each to a monk and 13 members of the NLD. They are U Sandimar (Monk), Thein Win (NLD-South Okkalapa Township), Myint Swe (NLD-Kyee Mying Daing Township), Maung Maung Thein (NLD-Mingaladon Township), Han Sein (NLD-Insein Township), Tin Ohn (NLD-Aung San Myo Thit), San Baw an Chit Khin (NLD-Twan Tay Township), Tun Myint (NLD-Bahan Township Secretary), Soe Oak (NLD-Bahan Township Joint Secretary), Kyaw San (NLD-Nyaung Lay Bin Township), Robert San Aung, Maung Sein and Myint Aung (NLD-Wakema Township, Irrawaddy Division).
They all were arrested on June 19, 2008 by Swan Arr Shin, the regime’s civilian militia, while they were attending birthday ceremony of Aung San Suu Kyi at the NLD Headquarters. Tin Ohn is in the Rangoon General Hospital’s guard ward and he was sentenced in his absence.
A Member of the 88 Generation Students Group Imprisoned
A detained member of the 88 Generation Students group, named Kyaw Swar Htay (aka) Kyaw Swar received 14 years and six months imprisonment. His prison terms were delivered by Sanchaung, Kyauktada and Kamaryut Township Courts, held inside the Insein Prison Compound today. He was arrested since November 2007.
Three Young Activists Imprisoned Yesterday
Two Township Courts in Rangoon yesterday delivered harsh sentences to three members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) on Nov 19, 2008. Sanchaung Township Court sentenced De Nyein Lin, Kyaw San and Kyaw Htay Lwin (aka) Kyaw Swar to six years and six months, four years and five years imprisonment respectively. Kyaw Htay Lwin received additional six years and six months from Kyauktada Township Court on the same day. De Nyein Lin is still on the trials for other charges and he will receive more imprisonment soon.
In addition to the severe imprisonment, the military junta is adding psychological punishment on Monks and activists as well as their family members by transferring recently-imprisoned political prisoners to various prisons in remote locations. Today, at least, 16 detainees, including 15 members of the 88 Generation Students who were sentenced 65 years imprisonment, were transferred to various prisons as follows.
Min Zeya (aka) Min Zay Ya: to Lashio Prison in Shan State (607 miles Northeast of Rangoon)
Zaw Zaw Min: to Taungoo Prison in Bago Division (175 miles North of Rangoon)
Jimmy (aka) Kyaw Min Yu: to Taunggyi Prison in Shan State (454 miles Northeast of Rangoon)
Ant Bwe Kyaw: to Kathar Prison in Sagaing Division (800 miles South of Rangoon)
Than Tin (aka) Kyee Than: to Sittwe Prison in Rakhine State (590 miles Northwest of Rangoon)
Panneik Tun: to Bhamo Prison in Kachin State (803 miles North of Rangoon)
Kyaw Kyaw Htwe (aka) Marki: to Myeik (Mergui) Prison in Tanintharyi State (545 miles South of Rangoon)
Thet Zaw (aka) Zaukhto: to Mawlamyine (Moulmein) Prison in Mon State (187 miles East of Rangoon)
Mar Mar Oo (Female): to Myingyan Prison in Mandalay Division (396 miles North of Rangoon)
Thet Thet Aung (Female): to Tharyarwaddy Prison in Bago Division (78 miles North of Rangoon)
Mie Mie (aka) Thin Thin Aye (Female): to Pathein (Bassein) Prison in Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) Division (140 miles West of Rangoon)
Sandar Min (aka) Shwee (Female): to Myaungmya Prison in Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) Division (170 miles West of Rangoon)
Nilar Thein (Female): to Thayet Prison in Magwe Division (340 miles North of Rangoon)
Thiha Aung: to Loikaw Prison in Kayah (Karenni) State (551 miles North of Rangoon)
Aung Myo Paing: to Kawthoung Prison in Tanintharyi State (790 miles South of Rangoon)
Min Han: to Lashio Prison in Shan State (607 miles Northeast of Rangoon)