Zarganar taken in for police questioning

Jun 5, 2008 (DVB), Famous comedian and director Zarganar, also known as Ko Thura, was taken from his house last night by local authorities, according to a family member.

Rangoon's Western District police commissioner and other local officials came to Zarganar's house at 8pm on Wednesday.

"There were nine of them, including the Western District police chief, five officers from police special branch and two Ward PDC members," the comedian's family member said.

"They showed up at 8pm and searched the whole house until 10.45pm. Then they took him away; they said they would be holding him for a while."

The authorities also confiscated a computer, VCDs of Rambo 4, a CD of the wedding of senior general Than Shwe's daughter, CDs about the lives destroyed by Cyclone Nargis, 30 Foreign Exchange Certificates and two ledger books from Zarganar's house.

"The police chief said they would take Ko Thura in for two days to investigate if he has been involved in any political activity," the family member told DVB.

A social activist, banned artist and former political prisoner, Zarganar has been energetically working on relief efforts for cyclone survivors in the worst-affected areas of Rangoon and Irrawaddy divisions.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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