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Political prisoner dies in Bago prison

Mar 10, 2008 (DVB), Political prisoner and National League for Democracy member Ko Win Tin died on 6 March aged 35 while serving a 27-year prison term in Tharawaddy prison, Bago division.

Ko Win Tin, also known as Anue, was sentenced to 27 years' imprisonment in 1999 under article 5(j) of the emergency law, among other charges, for planning to incite nationwide mass protests on 9 September 1999.

U Myat Hla, a member of Bago NLD and elected representative of the people’s parliament, said he was informed about Win Tin’s death by his wife on Thursday.

"We had been hearing news about him being in bad health for quite a while before we heard about his death today," said Myat Hla.

"We were told the sad news by his wife who went to the prison."

Myat Hla said Win Tin had been an enthusiastic member of the NLD in Bago township since it was formed when he was about 14 years old.

"He and his sister were with us since the beginning and they participated enthusiastically in our party’s activities," he said.

"We loved him so much and we regard his death as the loss of a family member."

Reporting by Aye Nai

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