(At Least) 39 Imprisoned Today, Zarganar Received 45 Years Imprisonment, U Gambira’s Prison Term Increased to 68 Years, November 21, 2008

U Gambira Received Additional 12 Years Imprisonment, His Total Imprisonment Becomes 68 Years
Today, a special court held inside the Insein Prison Compound delivered an additional sentence, 12 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 on Nov 18, 2008 and 15 years on Nov 20, 2008. According to his relatives, His total prison term as of today becomes 68 years. I am not able to trace some missing sentences for the time being.

Four Cyclone Volunteers Received Heavy Punishment
Four Volunteers, who devoted their times and energy to helped victims of Cyclone Nargis, were sentenced heavily by a closed-door court held inside Insein Prison Compound today. Burma’s famous comedian and social worker Zarganar (aka) Thu Ra received 45 years imprisonment. His colleagues Zaw Thet Htwe (Journalist, former political prisoner) and Thant Zin Aung received 15 years each and Tin Maung Aye received 29 years imprisonment. They all were arrested in end of May and early June 2008, while they were delivering relief supplies to cyclone victims in the delta region, who were neglected by the regime. Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htwe were also strong supporters of Buddhist Monks during the peaceful protests in Burma in September 2007.

The trials of Zarganar, Zaw Thet Htwe and Thant Zin Aung continue with other charges. They will receive more sentences soon.

Four Monks and 6 Activists, Who Supported U Gambira, Imprisoned
Today a special court held inside Insein Prison Compound delivered harsh sentences to four monks and six activists, who were arrested since September 2007 for their support of U Gambira and their participation in the Saffron Revolution.

U Kaylartha (Monk from Mandalay) received 4 years imprisonment. He has already received 35 years imprisonment by a different court on Nov 18 and therefore his total prison term becomes 39 years.
U Indaka (Abbot of Maggin Monastery)
received four years imprisonment. As he has already received 16 years and six months imprisonment on Nov 6, his total prison term becomes 20 years and six months.

U Eindriya (Senior Monk from Maggin Monastery) also received 14 years imprisonment. As he has already received 8 years imprisonment on Nov 6, his total prison term becomes 22 years.
U Thumana (Monk and a writer with pen name Min Set) received six years imprisonment.
Aung Kyaw Kyaw (elder brother of U Gambira) and Kyaw Naing were sentenced 14 years imprisonment each. Than Naing from Taung Twin Gyi Township received 6 years imprisonment.

Shwe Maung, Zaw Win and Wunna Aung from Mandalay were sentenced to four years imprisonment each. As they have already received four years imprisonment each from a different court last week, their total prison term become 8 years.

Five Monks and Six Activists Imprisoned

Today, a special court held inside the Insein Prison Compound deliver harsh sentences to five monks and 6 activists, who were arrested since September 2007 for their participation in the peaceful protests.

Five monks from Sasana Theikvan Monastery in Bahan Township, U Pyinnyar Thiha, U Nara Pati, U Pyinnyar Depa, U Okkan Thamala and U Zarnay Ya received various imprisonments. However, their prison terms are not known yet.
Tun Tun Naing, Than Htay, Ngwe Oo and Kyaw San received four years imprisonment each and Khin Tun received four years and six months imprisonment. The prison term of Soe Swe is not known yet.

13 Members of the 88 Generation Students Imprisoned
Today, 13 members of the 88 Generation Students group, who were detained in Insien Prison since last year and are still remained in Insein Prison, were sentenced from three years to five years by a special court held inside the Insein Prison Compound.
Thein Than Tun (aka) Ko Ko Gyi, Zaw Htet Ko Ko, Thara Phee Theint Theint Tun (Female), Lay Lay Mon (Female), Hnin May Aung (Female), San San Tin (Female), Aye Thida (Female), and Nweah Hnin Ye (aka) Noe Noe (Female) received five years imprisonment each.
Thaw Zin Tun, Saw Myo Min Hlaing, Aung Thike Soe, Chit Ko Lin and Tin Htoo Aung received three years imprisonment each.

Their trials continue with other charges. They will receive more sentences soon.

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