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Bowman received a one-year sentence.

The BBC has confirmed that the former British ambassador to Myanmar and her husband have both received a one-year prison sentence.

Vicky Bowman and her former political prisoner husband Htein Lin were accused of breaking immigration regulations.

The couple was detained last week at their Yangon residence.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Bowman worked as ambassador to Myanmar.

In a previous statement, the military said that Ms. Bowman had disobeyed the law by residing at a residence in a location other than Yangon, where she was registered, and failed to inform the authorities. Because he had helped with the relocation, her spouse had been detained.

Currently, Ms. Bowman is in charge of the Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business.

In 1988, after the widely supported student-led protests against the regime, her husband, artist and former political prisoner Htein Lin, founded the All Burma Student’s Democratic Front.

After being hitched, the pair relocated to London until coming back to Yangon in 2013.

The two were detained just days after the UK approved sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar, marking the fifth anniversary of the country’s repression of Rohingya Muslims. Over 6,000 people died and hundreds of thousands were displaced in the first few months of the attack.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a former leader of Myanmar, was also given a second prison term of three years on Friday for alleged election fraud.

The military government in Myanmar has been charged with several human rights breaches.

As the nation remains torn apart by internal conflict, generals extended their emergency rule until 2023 earlier this month.

Following the collapse of Aung Sung Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government, the junta seized control last year. (BBC)

 

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