Myanmar Student Activists Have Been Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

A family member confirmed that Min Thukha Kyaw, the former chair of the Dagon University Students’ Union, was sentenced to ten years in prison by a military tribunal.
During his appearance at the tribunal, he called me with the assistance of a prison employee. According to the relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity, he had been sentenced.
Earlier this year, Min Thukha Kyaw was arrested and charged under Section 505a of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
At the time of reporting, it was unclear what additional charges had been made against him that would account for the length of his sentence.
In June, Min Thukha Kyaw was arrested at his home in Yangon’s North Okkalapa Township and accused of receiving military and explosives training from the Kachin Independence Army.
Since his arrest, he has been held in Yangon’s Insein Prison without access to a lawyer.. The relative said that his family has also been unable to meet with him.
“Martial law took away [his right to hire a lawyer],” lawyer Thet Naung explained.
Officials at the Prisons Department and Insein Prison were contacted by Myanmar Now for comment on Min Thukha Kyaw’s case but did not respond.
As a result of massive protests against the coup staged by the military the previous month, several Yangon townships, including North Okkalapa, declared martial law in March.
In the affected townships, the judiciary has been replaced by a military tribunal with sweeping powers, including the power to impose the death penalty.
Since the military took power on February 1, more than 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 8,000 have been detained, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.


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