A dissident monk who helped lead an anti-government uprising is facing new legal action, in part for breaking into monasteries sealed by the former military junta after the mass street protests five years ago, state media reported on Sunday.

Shin Gambira is facing charges of “squatting” illegally in a monastery shut down by the government and breaking into two others, the state-run New Light of Myanmar said.

The 33-year-old monk was one of the leaders of the Saffron Revolution, a 2007 uprising led by Buddhist monks against the then-ruling military junta that saw the streets of the main city, Yangon, swell with some 100,000 demonstrators.

The Army brutally crushed the protests and shut down some monasteries in the aftermath. The uprising was named after the colour of robes worn by the militant young monks.

Mr. Gambira was jailed during those protests, but released on January 13 after half a decade behind bars. His freedom came as part of a mass prisoner release that has been hailed as a sign of Myanmar's new government's willingness to make reforms. — AP