The Straits Times
Published on Dec 04, 2012

Ex-leader of Myanmar monk rallies held: Official


YANGON (AFP) - A leader of Myanmar's 2007 monk rallies has been arrested, an official said on Tuesday, in his latest brush with the law since being freed from jail along with hundreds of other political prisoners this year.

The 33-year-old, known as Gambira, was detained on Saturday evening according to his mother Daw Yay, who raised concerns over her son's mental health.

A government official, who asked not to be named, confirmed that Gambira had been sent to Yangon's notorious Insein prison and held over charges of "breaking into monasteries". He did not give further details.

Mr Gambira was one of hundreds of political prisoners freed by the regime in January. He was serving a 68-year jail term for his role in the monk-led "Saffron Revolution", which was crushed by the military.