Secret Court Sentences Burmese Activists to 65 Years

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2008 7:28 AM CST
Protesters call for the immediate release of their pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi near the Myanmar Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
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(Newser) – A closed-door court in Burma has sentenced 14 members of a noted pro-democracy organization to 65 years each. Family members and defense lawyers were not permitted at the trial, and relatives only heard of the sentence from prison officials. The activists were members of 88 Generation Students, a group formed out of the crushed 1988 democracy uprising; many played a part in last year's mass protests against the Burmese junta.