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Supreme Court in Burma Hears Ne Win Family's Appeal - 2002-11-12


Lawyers in Burma have argued for the reversal of a death sentence imposed on the son-in-law and grandsons of former Burmese dictator Ne Win.

The four men were arrested last March and convicted in September of planning a coup against the current military government. Aye Zaw Win and his sons, Aye Ne Win, Kyaw Ne Win and Zwe Ne Win were sentenced to death by hanging.

During a one-day appeal, the family's defense lawyers asked the Supreme Court to reverse the death sentence. The court may make a final decision in the coming weeks.

Executions are rare in Burma. Some analysts believe the defendants' sentences will be commuted to life in prison.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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