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Ex-Myanmar PM receives 44-year suspended sentence

[JURIST] Former Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt [Wikipedia profile] received a 44-year suspended sentence Friday after he was convicted on eight charges including bribery and corruption, according to a legal source in Yangon. The secret tribunal at Insein prison also handed down long jail terms to two of Khin Nyunt's sons; 68 years and 51 years respectively for Zaw Naing Oo and Ye Naing Win. The convictions come as a group of 10 Southeast Asian ministers plan to meet in Laos to discuss whether Myanmar leads the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] in 2006. It is believed Nyunt will be kept under house arrest, where he has been held since his ouster during a purge in October 2004 [JURIST report]. It is unknown whether the convictions can be appealed through the Myanmar courts. AFP has more.

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