25 Feb '11, 12pm

Myanmar jails five dissidents: YANGON - A COURT in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced five men to up to 11 years i...

YANGON - A COURT in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced five men to up to 11 years in prison for offences including associating with overseas dissident groups, a lawyer said on Friday. They were initially arrested as suspects in a series of explosions at a water festival in Yangon in April 2010 that left 10 people dead. But they were charged with other offences after the authorities failed to find evidence linking them to the attack, said lawyer Kyaw Hoe, who was in court as an observer for Tuesday's verdict. 'They were arrested as suspects relating to the bombing.... But they were charged for other acts, not the bombing,' said Kyaw Hoe, an attorney for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party. One of the men, Bo Bo Thein, was sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment for immigration and drug offences, unlawful association and anti-state ac...

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