Myanmar jails ex-army captain for dissent

A special court inside Myanmar`s Insein prison has sentenced an ex-army captain to 10 years imprisonment for writing and sending critical articles to the Democratic Voice of Burma and other dissident groups.

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2011, 16:36 PM IST

Yangon: A special court inside Myanmar`s
Insein prison has sentenced an ex-army captain to 10 years imprisonment for writing and sending critical articles to the Democratic Voice of Burma and other dissident groups.

Lawyer Hla Myo Myint says 35-year-old Nay Myo Zin was
sentenced last Friday in a closed-door trial. He was found
guilty of violating the Electronics Act and tarnishing the
army`s image.

Zin was arrested last April at his Yangon internet cafe.
Hla Myo Myint said yesterday the arrest without a warrant and
mental torture of his client were violations of his human
rights.

He says Myanmar`s judiciary is still not independent and
there is no rule of law although the nominally civilian
government that took office in March claims to be reforming
the system.

PTI