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Political prisoner dies in Mandalay prison

Jul 21, 2008 (DVB), Political prisoner Ko Khin Maung Tint has died aged 46 in Mandalay prison after suffering from tuberculosis, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Khin Maung Tint, also known as Htate Tin Maung Maung Yar Pyae and Yar Pyae, died on 18 July.

AAPP offered its condolences to his family in a statement and said that Khin Maung Tint was the second political prisoner to die in prison this year, and the 137th since 1988.

According to AAPP, Khin Maung Tint joined the pro-democracy movement around the time of the 1988 uprising and later joined the All Burma Students' Democratic Front (North).

After being mistakenly accused by the ABSDF (North) of being a government spy and being detained and tortured, he escaped back to Mandalay.

He continued to fight for human rights and democracy, and in 1998 was arrested and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for sedition.

U Myo Naing, a member of Mandalay NLD organising wing, said Khin Maung Tint had been ill for some time.

"Before Ko Khin Maung Tint’s death, we heard news from his colleagues who were serving time in the same prison that he had been in the prison hospital for quite a while," U Myo Naing said.

"He was suffering from lung and liver diseases and he needed to take medication which would cost around 65,000 kyat," he went on.

"After we learned that, we raised money for him and ordered the medicine from Germany on 9 July. He had a chance to take the medicine but died on 18 July," he said.

"We can only hope that he didn’t suffer a lot before he died because he had taken the medicine."

U Myo Naing, who spent time in prison with Ko Khin Maung Tint, said he was from the royal blood line of the Burmese monarchy and his full formal name was Htate Tin Maung Maung Yar Pyae.

Ko Khin Maung Tint is survived by his wife Ma Htay Htay Yee, a son and a daughter.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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