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Hospitalised activists transferred to interrogation centre

Oct 15, 2007 (DVB), Six patients being treated for gunshot wounds at Rangoon general hospital have been transferred to an unknown interrogation camp, according to family members.

The six had been hospitalised after being shot by soldiers during protests in the former capital on 27 September.

Ko Mya Than Htike, a youth member of the National League for Democracy in Thingangyun township, was shot and injured by soldiers during the crackdown and sent to Rangoon general hospital along with five other patients who had also suffered gunshot wounds.

A family member of Ko Mya Than Htike told DVB on Friday that all six patients, who were still recovering from their wounds, were taken from the hospital by government officials on Wednesday to an unknown interrogation centre.

"We arrived at the hospital on Wednesday to visit Ko Mya Than Htike but doctors there told us government officials had come to the hospital that morning and taken all six patients to an interrogation centre," said the family member.

"His family is under close watch by the authorities as well. His wife can’t even go outside the house."

He added that Ko Mya Than Htike had not fully recovered from the gunshot wound to his leg when he was taken from the hospital.

Reporting by DVB


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