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Former PM Gets 44 Year Suspended Sentenced


The former Burmese prime minister, Khin Nyunt, has been handed a 44-year suspended sentence following his conviction Friday on charges that included bribery and corruption. Legal sources say it is likely Khin Nyunt will be kept under house arrest.

He has been under house arrest since his ouster in October of last year by military hard-liners who opposed his limited democratic reforms, including a limited dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In October, Burma's official media said he had retired for health reasons, but later reported the corruption charges against him.

Two of Khin Nyunt's sons, Lieutenant Colonel Zaw Naing Oo and Ye Naing Win, were also convicted of economic offenses. Details of the sons' sentences are unclear.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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