Myanmar jails ex-army captain for dissent

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 2:13 AM
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.

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 Monday 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.