Five jailed on USDA threat charges now released

Oct 6, 2008 (DVB), Five National League for Democracy members from Maddaya township in Mandalay division have been released from prison after completing their one-year prison terms.

Nyo Lay, Kyaw Swe, Thaung Naing, Nyi Nyi and Zaw Min Lwin were freed from Kalay, Myingyan and Khamtee prisons on Friday.

They had originally been sentenced to five years' imprisonment but this was reduced to one on appeal.

The five are family members and colleagues for NLD member Than Lwin, who was attached by a man with a knuckle-duster in June last year.

They were jailed for intimidation after reportedly threatening to burn down a Union Solidarity and Development Association office and kill Than Lwin's assailant who had fled into the building after the attack.

Nine people were originally sentenced to between five and seven years' imprisonment for the crime, but three were freed on appeal.

Of the nine, only Maddaya NLD deputy chairman Nyo Gyi remains behind bars, serving a seven-year prison term in Khamtee prison.

Than Lwin was arrested in October last year and is being held in Mandalay prison.

He has lost the sight in one of his eyes because of the attack.

No action has yet been taken against Than Lwin's attacker.

Reporting by DVB

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