NLD member's health suffers in detention

Oct 16, 2008 (DVB), The health of Nyo Gyi, vice-chair of Mandalay’s Maddaya township National League for Democracy, has been deteriorating in prison, according to a fellow inmate who was recently released.

Nyo Gyi, 70, was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment last year for alleged intimidation of Union Solidarity and Development Association officials and is being held in the remote Khamtee prison in Sagaing division.

Zaw Min Lwin, who was jailed in connection with the same case and was in prison with Nyo Gyi, said that he had been suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure and chest infections.

"The weather is harsh there. He is 70 now and has breathing difficulties," Zaw Min Lwin said.

"During the winter, he suffers from acute asthma," he went on.

Zaw Min Lwin, the son of Maddaya MP-elect U Than Lwin, was released from Khamtee jail earlier this month.

In May last year, Than Lwin was punched in the face with a knuckle-duster by an unknown assailant who fled into a USDA office after the attack.

Than Lwin's attacker was never apprehended, but nine of his colleagues and family members, including Nyo Gyi, were sentenced to up to seven years in prison for intimidation of USDA officials.

Three of the nine were released on appeal and a further five, including Zaw Min Lwin, had their sentences reduced to one year which they completed earlier this month.

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

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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