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Zarganar

Zarganar

Published on Thursday 1 April 2010. Updated on Saturday 10 April 2010.
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Date of Expected Release: 2043


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A famous comedian nicknamed the Burmese Chaplin and known for his outspoken comments, Zarganar was arrested on June 4th after talking to the BBC World Service and other foreign news media about delays in the humanitarian relief organizaed by the military after Cyclone Nargis. He also blogged about the activities of the country’s Buddhist monks during the September 2007 protests.

Trial and Sentencing


Zarganar was sentenced to 35 years in jail during a closed door trial at Insein prison on Feburary 16th 2008 for violating the Electronic act.An extra 14 years were added to his sentence less than a week later. His sentence was later reduced back to 35 years. He is currently being held at Myitkyina jail in the north of Burma, were his health is worsening. He turned 49 on January 27th.

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