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NEWS- Foreigner Pleads Guilty to Il
Foreigner Pleads Guilty to Illegal Myanmar Entry
YANGON, May 13 (Reuters) - A foreigner on trial in a Yangon
court on a charge of
entering Myanmar illegally pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was
told by the judge
that he would be sentenced on Friday.
James Mawdsley, 24, who holds British and Australian passports,
faces a possible
prison term ranging from six months to five years and/or a fine
of 1,500 Kyat ($250)
for the offence, court officials said.
Judge U Than Htwe set the sentencing date after hearing the
British ambassador Robert A.E. Gordon, along with Australian
attended the half-hour hearing.
Mawdsley entered Myanmar illegally from Mae Sot in western
Thailand through a
jungle route and was arrested on April 30.
Mawdsley was also arrested by Myanmar military authorities last
chaining himself to a fence in central Yangon and shouting
slogans. He was subsequently deported.
State-controlled media had accused him of being a foreign
mercenary working for
dissident groups opposed to the ruling military junta.