London monks held captive in Burmese prison

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London monks held captive in Burmese prison
18th June 2014

Two buddhist monks from a London temple are being held captive in a notorious Burmese prison after being caught up in a row with the nations's religious leaders.

Venerable U Uttara and U Pyin Ny Sara travelled to Rangoon last year to run a prison chaplaincy and orphanage. The pair are among five monks being held at Insein jail for insulting religious beliefs, disturbing places of religious worship and trespass. 

200 people held a silent protest at the Burmese embassy in London yesterday, and supporters will today present a petition demanding investigation. 

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