NLD youth member transferred to remote prison

Mar 2, 2009 (DVB), National League for Democracy youth member Thiha, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2007 for treason and distributing leaflets, has been transferred to a remote prison in northern Kachin state.

Thiha, from Meikhtila, was transferred on 24 February by train from Insein prison to Pu-tao prison.

"He told a woman passenger and gave her the phone number and told her to ring me that he was transferred to Pu-tao jail," said his wife Theh Theh.

"The woman sympathised and rang me and said that he showed her his son’s photo," she said. "My wife is in Meikhtila he told her."

Thiha was arrested on 7 September 2007 while on his way home from a meeting prior to the Saffron Revolution. Theh Theh was six months pregnant at the time and their son is now 11 months old.

On the 17 September, he was summarily tried without a legal representative and sentenced to 22 years in Mandalay Ohpo jail.

He was then transferred to Insein jail in Rangoon, where he was held for a year and six months before being transferred to Pu-tao jail.

"I have not seen him for more than a year now," said Theh Theh. "His situation could get worse at Pu-tao."

Thiha was also arrested after Depayin incident in May 2003 in which Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD supporters were attacked by regime-backed militias.

He was sent to Khandee prison in Sagaing division, where he was blind-folded and imprisoned in an isolated cell for six months.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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