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Subject: Australian woman jailed for gem smuggling in Burma

Australian woman jailed for gem smuggling in Burma
Friday 30 April, 1999 (10:59am AEST) 
   Australian diplomats in Burma are assisting an Australian woman who has
been jailed for 10 years in Rangoon for gem smuggling.

The 53-year-old woman was arrested at Rangoon Airport last August and has
since been convicted for failing to declare thousands of dollars worth of
jewellery as she was trying to leave the country.

She has been imprisoned in Rangoon's Insein Jail and is awaiting an appeal
which could be heard as early as next week.

The Foreign Affairs Department in Canberra says diplomats in Rangoon are in
regular contact with the woman and assisting with legal advice for her appeal.

Department officials have also been in contact with the woman's family in