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Newsline: Former UK ambassador to Myanmar sentenced to one year in prison

Former British envoy to Myanmar was sentenced to one year in prison on Friday for immigration offense. (https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/nation-world/story/2022-09-02/diplomat-former-british-envoy-to-myanmar-sentenced-to-1-year-in-prison-for-immigration-offense) Last week, the authorities in Myanmar have detained Britain’s former ambassador to the Southeast Asian nation. Vicky Bowman, who run the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), and her husband, Htein Lin, a Burmese artist and former political prisoner, were detained last Wednesday. A statement from the junta said the couple were being investigated under the Immigration Act for staying at a different address than Bowman’s official registration specified, after moving to a different town. “It is found that Vicky Bowman violated the immigration act 13/1,” said the statement circulated to journalists. The law carries a sentence of six months to five years of prison time. The junta did not specify whether the couple was in custody, but a source said they were in detention at Insein Prison.

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