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NLD member suffers health problems in detention

Jan 22, 2008 (DVB), A Mandalay division National League for Democracy member, who has faced harassment and detention from the authorities since being attacked in June 2007, is suffering ill health, his wife said.

U Than Lwin, an NLD member and elected member of parliament from Maddaya township, was attacked in mid-June by a man with a knuckle-duster, who fled into the Union Solidarity and Development Association office after the attack.

USDA members reportedly harassed U Than Lwin while he was in hospital recovering from the attack, and he was arrested on 2 September, allegedly in connection with the public demonstrations over commodity prices.

U Than Lwin’s wife, Daw Khin Thi, said that her husband's health was suffering in detention.

"My husband is suffering vision loss from cataracts in one of his eyes," Daw Khin Thi said.

Daw Khin This said U Than Lwin was also suffering from heart problems and remained weak, despite receiving some treatment for tension headaches.

"He is an old man and he did not commit any crimes. He was punched in the face with a knuckle-duster last year and was arrested after that," she said.

"I want him to be released soon as he is not in good health."

Nine colleagues and family members of U Than Lwin were found guilty in October of intimidation for reportedly threatening to burn down the USDA office and kill U Than Lwin's attacker.

Three of these had their convictions overturned on appeal, while the remaining six are serving between one and seven years in prison.

Reporting by Maung Too

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