Elected MP's health deteriorates in detention

Oct 2, 2008 (DVB), Elected members of parliament U Nyi Pu and Dr Tin Min Htut have been transferred to Insein prison, according to a National League for Democracy spokesperson.

U Nyi Pu is the elected representative for Gwa township and an Arakan NLD organising committee member, while Dr Tin Min Htut is an elected MP from Panatanaw township in Irrawaddy division.

NLD spokesperson U Nyan Win said U Nyi Pu's health had suffered since his arrest in August.

"U Nyi Pu can't move the lower part of his body and we have heard that his health is not good," Nyan Win said.

"When he was with use he was perfectly fine, I don't know what is happening to him now."

Their families have not yet been allowed to visit them.

Pu Cin Sian Thang, a colleague of U Nyi Pu, also said his friend’s health had deteriorated since his arrest.

U Nyi Pu and Dr Tin Min Htut were arrested on 11 and 12 August respectively.

Along with Pu Cin Sian Thang, U Thein Pe and Dr Myint Naing, the two wrote a letter to the United Nations in July protesting the SPDC’s plans for a 2010 election.

Some people have speculated that the arrests were connected with the letter, but Pu Cin Sian Thang said the reason for the arrests was not clear.

Separately, U Aung Thein, the lawyer who represents National League for Democracy member Ko Thein Swe, has asked the court to release his client now that the Interior Ministry has withdrawn the charge against him, Thein Swe's father U Min Swe told DVB.

Thein Swe was arrested for his involvement in public demonstrations in September last year.

Aung Thein wrote to the court on Tuesday to request the release of Ko Thein Swe and Yeh Min Oo, and a decision is expected next week.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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