Thu 26 Apr 2007
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
Two men were given stiff prison sentences on Wednesday in a court in Nyaungdon Township of Irrawaddy Division for possessing a video of a private wedding of the daughter of Burma’s top leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe. The court sentenced Than Htun to four years and six months and Tin Htay to two years, according to a daughter of Tin Htay.
â€œIt wasn’t red-handed, and there were no firm witnesses,” she said. “It’s unfair to punish them with such sentences with one-sided accusations.â€ The men were sent to Maubin prison in Irrawaddy Division.
Than Htun and Tin Htay were arrested in late March after officials from Military Affairs Security searched the residence of Than Tun in Nyaungdon and reportedly found the unauthorized VCD.
Tin Htay was later arrested in connection with the case. Copies of a wedding VCD of Than Shwe’s youngest daughter, Thandar Shwe, and Maj Zaw Phyo Win were leaked to the press late last year. The lavish ceremony and the bride’s expensive jewelry raised criticism within the country and among exile groups.
The Burmese authorities banned the wedding VCD following worldwide media reports on the video. Locally, the VCD is known as â€œDiamonds-full Night.â€