NLD members accused of medical offences

Sep 9, 2008 (DVB), Six National League for Democracy members from Magwe division arrested on 6 September have now been identified, according to their colleagues from the NLD.

In Salin township, around 70 members of the township police and Swan Arr Shin raided the houses of Ko Thein Aung and Ko Nyein Maung and arrested them, an NLD member said.

They were remanded in custody on Sunday and their trial is set for 19 September.

In Pyint Phyu township, Ko Kyi Htay Maung and Ko Oo from Madeh village, Ko Than Tun from Kani village and Ko Htay Myint from Nyaungpinsaunk village were arrested, according to MP-elect Dr Aung Moe Nyo.

"Ko Htay Myint was arrested on the 6th on the pretext that some illegal lottery tickets were found in his bag when he was visiting Ko Kyi Htay Maung, who had already been arrested," Dr Aung Moe Nyo said.

"Ko Oo was with Ko Htay Myint at the time and was arrested for no reason."

Dr Aung Moe Nyo said Than Tun and Kyi Htay Maung had been accused of illegal possession of syringes and practising medicine without a licence.

"Their village is about 13 miles from Pwint Phyu and is not easy to travel to , no doctor goes there," he said.

"They have been doing their best to look after the health of local people by giving injections, and that is why they were detained for keeping syringes and needles."

Dr Aung Moe Nyo said the authorities had been angry that Kyi Htay Maung and Win Maung, who was arrested on similar charges two months ago, had led a successful campaign against the regime's constitution before the May referendum.

"The authorities bear a grudge against U Win Maung and U Kyi Htay Maung for their role in rallying people to oppose the constitution in the May referendum," Dr Aung Moe Nyo said.

"They were also able to encourage polling station guards and referendum officials not to play dirty tricks, so the No campaign won a landslide victory in U Win Maung's Letpannwe village and Ko Kyi Htay Maung's Madeh village," he said.

"It could also be that they are doing this in an effort to frighten people as the Saffron Revolution anniversary approaches."

Dr Aung Moe Nyo said the NLD members had been trying to help people who had no other means of getting medical assistance.

"Everywhere in Burma there are many people who keep syringes to help people in places were there are no doctors or medics," Dr Aung Moe Nyo said.

"Some of them have been trained by the health department but they are not officially allowed give injections , they can only administer paracetamol, Burmiton and other such medicines," he said.

"But due to public demand they also give out analgesic injections, vitamins and so on. They are doing it out of the desire to help rather than for personal gain."

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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