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MP-elect interrogated over bombing links

Oct 10, 2008 (DVB), Elected representative Ohn Kyaing, who led the National League for Democracy's cyclone relief efforts, has been interrogated every night since his arrest on 1 October, according to sources.

Ohn Kyaing was arrested at his home in Sanchaung, Rangoon, on 1 October and taken to Bago jail, where he has been subjected to intense interrogations.

According to sources close to interrogation officials, Ohn Kyaing has been questioned about money reportedly received from the outlawed Federation of Trade Unions-Burma and the National Council of the Union of Burma.

Interrogators have reportedly tried to get Ohn Kyaing to admit that he has been receiving tens of millions of kyat from FTUB and NCUB secretary-general U Maung Maung for carrying out bomb attacks.

Military communications officials have been interrogating Ohn Kyaing on the basis of a taped conversation with a person called Ko Maung who was making a donation to post-Nargis rescue efforts.

According to the interrogators, chief police Khin Yi had said that Ko Maung must from the FTUB and told them to make Ohn Kyaing confess that the money was to be used for bombings and not to assist cyclone victims.

Ohn Kyaing has repeatedly denied both accusations, sources said.

U Ohn Kyaing, 64, who is also known by the nom de plume Aung Wint, is the MP-elect for Mandalay's Southeast township and a researcher for the NLD.

He had been imprisoned for 15 years in total before his latest arrest.

Reporting by Aye Nai


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