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Appeal For Open Trial

Press Release: Terry Evans

30 August, 2008

Appeal For Open Trial

Aung Thein, a lawyer representing some of Burma's most prominent imprisoned pro-democracy activists, will appeal for an open trial at a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.

Leading members of Burma’s 88 Generation Student Movement were arrested during last August's protests against fuel price hikes. These initial protests and arrests ignited mass demonstrations by Buddhist monks.

Aung Thein, also serves as defense lawyer for detained monk leader U Gambira, who appeared in court on August 20 charged with immigration law transgressions, contacting banned organizations, illegal contacts with foreign organizations through the Internet and other offences.

At least 2,092 political prisoners are currently being held in detention across the country, according to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), or AAPP.



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