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Jailed in Burma for Praying

ICC Note:

Two supporters of imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi have been jailed in Burma for praying publicly for her release. They were arrested in their homes after leading a prayer service on the opposition leader’s behalf.

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6/23/09 Burma (ChristianFreedomInternational) The military government of Burma has jailed two supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for one and a half years for “insulting religion” after they prayed publicly for her release.

Chit Pe and Aung Soe Wei were arrested at their homes in April after they led a prayer service in Twante township, about 30 miles west of Rangoon, at which they offered prayers for their leader’s freedom. The two are charged under Section 295a which addresses “desecration of religious buildings and property.”

Aung Soe Wei’s wife Ma Lwin said the two were immediately taken to Rangoon’s Insein prison following the verdict and were barred from speaking to family members waiting outside the court. Lawyer Kyi Toe said that his requests to authorities to let him meet his clients to were denied.

The military government of Burma has kept Aung San Suu Kyi in detention for 13 of the past 19 years, after refusing to recognize the NLD’s landslide victory in the country’s last elections in 1990.

She is currently being held in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison on charges of breaching her house arrest rules in May, when an American man swam uninvited to her lakeside residence.

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