Courts in military-ruled Burma, also known as Myanmar, have handed long prison sentences to a prominent Buddhist monk and a popular comedian who are active in the country's pro-democracy movement.

Zarganar's lawyer, Khin Htay Kywe, says the comedian still faces other charges.

Another lawyer who asked not to be identified says Buddhist monk Ashin Gambira was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on various charges.

The monk helped organize last year's pro-democracy demonstrations. He was previously sentenced to 56 years imprisonment on other charges, bringing his total sentence to 68 years.