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Whereabouts of detained MP unknown

Oct 22, 2008 (DVB), Family members of elected representative Ohn Kyaing, who was arrested on 1 October, have said they have still not been informed where he is being held.

Ohn Kyaing, a National League for Democracy member and MP-elect from South East Mandalay, was actively involved in cyclone relief efforts prior to his arrest.

NLD spokesperson Nyan Win said the party and Ohn Kyaing's family were very concerned about his welfare.

"We see no reason for his arrest. He was helping enthusiastically during [Cyclone] Nargis. Is it his fault for doing that," Nyan Win said.

"We don’t know where he is and neither does his family."

Nyan Win said there had been a report a few days ago that Ohn Kyaing was to appear in court.

"He was reportedly due to appear at South Okkalapa court and so his family took food and drink there and waited for the whole day," he said.

"It turned out to be false alarm."

On a separate issue, Nyan Win noted that the health of another detained representative, Nyi Pu of Gwa township in Arakan state who is being held in Insein prison, has improved slightly.

Ohn Kyaing, 64, is a writer under the pen name Aung Wint and was one of the organisers of the NLD's cyclone assistance efforts.

He was arrested at his home in Sanchaung, Rangoon, on 1 October and was reportedly interrogated over accusations that he had received money to fund bomb attacks.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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