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Burmese-American activist transferred to Prome prison

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Nyi Nyi Aung, alias Kyaw Zaw Lwin, the American recently sentenced to three years imprisonment, was transferred to Prome prison from Insein prison on the 11th of this month, according to his aunt Suu Suu Kyi.

The Rangoon southern district court sentenced American citizen Nyi Nyi Aung on the 10th of February after hearing his case inside Insein prison, transferring him to Prome the following day.

“The prison said that he was transferred to Prome when I visited and asked at Insein prison today,” Suu Suu Kyi told Mizzima.

Nyi Nyi Aung was handed a three-year prison term under section 468 (forgery) for altering a national ID card with his photo. He was also given one-year prison terms each for holding foreign currency in excess of the authorized amount under section 24(1) of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act as well as violating section 6(3) of the Residents in Burma Registration Act. However, the trial court judge ordered all sentences served concurrently.

The junta also gave Nyi Nyi Aung’s mother Daw San San Tin five years for assisting democracy activists and politicians. She is currently serving her sentence in Meiktila prison, Mandalay Division.

Additionally, a cousin sister, 88 Generation member Thet Thet Aung, is serving 65 years in Myingyan prison with her husband Chit Ko Lin also serving seven years in Pakokku prison. Meanwhile, another cousin sister, Noe Noe, is serving a seven-year prison term in Maupin prison, Irrawaddy Division.


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