US detainee in Burma meets with lawyers

Oct 13, 2009 (DVB), The US citizen currently detained in Burma on charges of masterminding a bomb plot and inciting rioting met with his lawyers yesterday to discuss the pending trial.

Nyi Nyi Aung (also known as Kyaw Zaw Lwin) is due to appear at Rangoon's Insein prison courtroom on Wednesday to hear details on the trial, his lawyers said.

He is being represented by Nyan Win and Kyi Win, two of the lawyers who represented opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her recent trial.

Nyi Nyi Aung, a Burmese national who has US citizenship, was arrested on 3 September upon arrival at Rangoon International Airport.

According to Nyan Win, he is being held under charges of forging documents, although he has also been accused of masterminding bombing plans, inciting riots and funding political activists.

An article in the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper last month mentioned him in relation to a series of bomb blasts that hit Rangoon on 16 and 17 September, two weeks after he was arrested.

Meanwhile, his cousin, Thet Thet Aung, a female member of the 88 Generation Students activist group who is currently serving a 65-year prison sentence, is reportedly in need of heart surgery.

Her mother, Su Su Kyi, who is also the aunt of Nyi Nyi Aung, said that a prison doctor had told her the news during a visit on 8 October.

"I'm worried something might happen to her. I'm going to discuss this with the doctors and our relatives," she said. "We prefer to have the operation in Rangoon as her family is there."

Su Su Kyi's sister and the mother of Nyi Nyi Aung, San San Tin, who is serving a nine-year prison sentence in Burma's central Mandalay division, is also reportedly in poor health.

"She has been quite ill but still hasn't seen by a doctor," said Su Su Kyi. "She previously had an operation on her left eye and now can barely see with it."

San San Tin was detained by authorities in October 2007 when police arrested Thet Thet Aung. She was imprisoned on charges of aid and abetting a wanted person.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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