88 generation leader's brother sent to work camp

Jan 7, 2009 (DVB), Zaw Naing Htway, the brother of detained 88 generation student leader Kyaw Kyaw Htway, has been sent to a prison work camp in Taung-ngu, Bago division, according to a source close to imprisoned activists.

Zaw Naing Htway (also known as Kenneth), was sent to the camp earlier this week, the source said.

"He was sent to a prison work camp near Taung-ngu as he was not a political prisoner," he said.

"Political prisoners shouldn't be sent to prison work camps or punished with hard labour but Zaw Naing Htway was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment on corruption charges," he explained.

"His wife is worried that he might get sick or something like that due to the hard labour."

He said the family was not informed about Zaw Naing Htway’s transfer to the work camp and had only found out about it later from an anonymous telephone call from a woman.

Members of his family went to Insein prison yesterday and confirmed he was no longer there.

Zaw Naing Htway was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment for bribing three prison officials and smuggling documents out of Baik prison in Tenasserin division where his brother Kyaw Kyaw Htway (also known as Marki) is serving a 65-year sentence.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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