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U Win Htein re-arrested after release

Sep 24, 2008 (DVB), National League for Democracy member U Win Htein, who was released from Katha prison yesterday as part of a government amnesty, has been re-arrested, according to sources close to his family.

Win Htein was arrested this morning and sent back to Katha prison.

His family was informed of his arrest and told to come to Katha from Mandalay, where they had hoped to meet him.

An unnamed official from Katha prison confirmed that Win Htein was back in the prison, but did not give a reason for his arrest.

Win Htein, 67, a former captain in the army, was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment on 21 May 1996 and was released yesterday.

He had previously been imprisoned from 1989 to 1995.

During his two prison terms, he spent more than a year in Katha prison, another year in Mandalay and nine years in Myingyan.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw


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