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Myanmar Foreigners Get 5 Years

August 14, 1998

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) _ Eighteen foreign activists arrested last week for handing out pro-democracy leaflets were sentenced to five years hard labor after pleading guilty Friday to violating sedition laws.

The six Americans, three Malaysians, three Indonesians, three Thais, two Filipinos and one Australian were charged, after six days of questioning and investigation, with violating the 1950 Emergency Provision Act.

The sweeping law allows authorities to hand out maximum 20-year jail sentences for attempting to incite unrest or disrupt the peace and stability of the state.

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