BURMA: Inexplicable continued imprisonment of innocent man for over 22 years

AHRC, November 4, 2011


Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been alerted to the case of a man who has been held in prison in Burma for over 22 years for a crime that he did not commit. Than Zaw was arrested with a number of other men and accused of a bombing in 1989. He was sentenced to death by a military tribunal in which he had no rights to represent himself, but later the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. Even though the authorities subsequently captured the person alleged to be the real bomber, and he was also imprisoned, neither Than Zaw nor the other accused were released. In October, the other remaining accused behind bars was finally let out of jail; however, inexplicably Than Zaw was not also freed.

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