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Burmese Student Gets Stiff Jail Term for Protest - 2002-11-07


An organization representing students in Burma says a law student has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after staging a solo protest outside the Rangoon city hall.

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions says law student Thet Naung Soe was tried by a special court at the Insein Prison Compound and sentenced earlier this week. He was arrested last August after staging a protest calling for the release of political prisoners in the country.

The Burmese student group condemned the prison sentence. It said Thet Naung Soe and a second student arrested on a similar charge should never have been detained for merely expressing their beliefs.

Burma's military government strictly controls the judiciary and the media, and the trials of political dissidents are held behind closed doors.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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