In prison during father’s funeral

The Irrawaddy gives an insight into life in Burma under  military rule:

Zarganar, a popular comedian who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for his high-profile role in  efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of Cyclone Nargis, had no hope of being allowed to attend the funeral of his father, who died on Wednesday, according to relatives.

It is the second time since his arrest on June 4, 2008, that Zarganar has missed the funeral of a parent. His father, well-known writer Nan Nyunt Swe, appealed unsuccessfully to the Burmese regime to temporarily release his son when his wife, Yuwadee Kyi Oo, died suddenly last March.

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