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YANGON - A senior British monk is being held in a notorious Myanmar prison, British diplomats confirmed Tuesday, one of a host of Buddhist clerics rounded up during a recent police raid on a monastery. 

Some 20 monks, including Uttara who was visiting from Britain, were arrested last week when scores of police and monks descended on a Yangon monastery in a controversial late-night swoop apparently triggered by a dispute over ownership of the property.

A spokesman for the British embassy in Yangon told AFP that consular officials had visited Uttara in the city's Insein prison early Tuesday and would attend his next court hearing expected on June 20.

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