Win Htein remains in Katha prison

Sep 26, 2008 (DVB), Political prisoner Win Htein, who was released on Tuesday and re-arrested the following day, remains in Katha prison but has been given no explanation for his detention.

National League for Democracy members and former army captain Win Htein was one of seven political detainees who were among the 9002 prisoners released as part of a government amnesty on 23 September.

He was released from Katha prison on the orders of the Internal Affairs Ministry, but was taken back into custody at 10am on 24 September, a prison officer confirmed today.

Win Htein's wife had been waiting to meet him in Mandalay but was told to come to the prison where she was able to see him for an hour.

Win Htein was not told why he was being returned to prison, and prison staff, including a prison governor, could not give a reason for his arrest.

The prison official said Win Htein seemed to be in good health and was keeping his spirits up.

The Internal Affairs Ministry, deputy minister's officer and special branch refused to comment on the case.

During their monthly meeting yesterday, Meikhtila NLD leaders in Mandalay denounced the military regime for releasing fewer than 10 political prisoners in the recent amnesty.

Meikhtila township NLD secretary Daw Myint Myint Aye criticised the releases as a token gesture.

"The SPDC has always given innocent people heavy prison terms and whenever it faces political problems it releases one or two token prisoners," she said.

"It is very difficult for us to say we are pleased with prisoners being released for show; Meikhtila township [NLD] decided to denounce it."

Reporting by Moe Aye

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