Friday, October 12, 2007

Junta Continues to Make Unfair Arrests

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma

Among those detained since last month is an 85-year-old Parliamentary member from the opposition, U Pu Htwe, who was arrested at 3am on the 26th of September. A family member said that while they have been allowed to send medication and food, they have not been allowed to see him.

Another Parliamentary member, U Than Lwin, has also been detained after the authorities took him away for questioning. According to his daughter, he was told that he was not being detained. However, the family has not heard from him since and they have no idea where he is being held.

Meanwhile, four of his family members have been sentenced to 5 years in prison for defying the authorities. Following the sentencing on the 5th of October, they were immediately sent to Mandalay prison.

Ma Khin Mar Lwin, daughter of U Than Lwin, told DVB: “They told us we will not be sentenced yet. So we thought we could have a fair trial. But when we reached the court, they just closed the doors, and told us we were being sentenced right there and then. There were a lot of police, many of them carrying weapons. I was locked out just it started. My siblings were immediately taken away. I could only pack the necessities for them.”

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