NLD members transferred from Sandoway prison

Feb 13, 2008 (DVB), Two National League for Democracy members have been transferred from Sandoway prison, purportedly due to official concerns that they would leak information about a child soldier held at the prison.

The two Arakan state NLD members, secretary U Khin Hla and financial coordinator Ko Myint Aung, are both from Taunggok township.

The joint secretary of Arakan state NLD, U Thein Hlaing, said they have now been moved from Sandoway prison and are being held separately.

"U Khin Hla was transferred to Butheetaung prison on 8 February and on 10 February Ko Myint Aung was taken to Rangoon by aeroplane, but we still don't know where they plan to transfer him," Thein Hlaing said.

The reason for the transfers was not given but there was speculation that the two men's move could be related to a child soldier case.

According to rumours circulating outside the prison, the NLD members were transferred because prison authorities were concerned that the two would leak information about a child soldier currently being held at Sandoway prison.

The child soldier was reportedly arrested after trying to escape from the army, and has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for desertion.

His family is seeking justice for him and has reported the case to the International Labour Organisation and State Peace and Development Council leaders.

Khin Hla was recently given a four-year prison sentence, while Myint Aung is serving two and a half years.

Sandoway prison was unavailable for comment.

Reporting by Aye Nai

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