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MP relative of Burmese intelligence
- Subject: MP relative of Burmese intelligence
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 06 Apr 1997 15:19:00
Subject: MP relative of Burmese intelligence chief, released
Burma-NLD : MP relative of Burmese intelligence chief,
RANGOON, April 4 (AFP) - An elected Burmese
opposition MP who
was charged with running an authorised medical
clinic has been
released after paying a small fine, informed
sources said Friday.
Doctor Than Nyein, whose medical license was
February 19 by the health ministry for
professional ethics," was released from custody
paying 1,000 kyats (six dollars at the
prevailing market rate).
He is the brother-in-law of intelligence chief
Khin Nyunt, first secretary of the ruling junta,
the State Law and
Order Restoration Council (SLORC).
Observers noted it was the first time a member
of the main
opposition National League for Democracy (NLD),
which is led by
Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, had been
according to due legal process.
NLD party members found guilty of even a minor
law violation are
usually given sentences ranging from three to
Than Nyein is vice-chairman of the NLD's Rangoon
won a seat in the May 1990 general elections,
which were swept
by the NLD. The SLORC ignored the results and
Meanwhile, sources said another NLD MP and
physician is due to
appear in a Rangoon court on Friday.
Doctor Than Aung is facing charges brought
against him on
February 21 for allegedly running an authorised
clinic and causing
the death of a patient through negligence.
Observers in the Burmese capital were awaiting
the outcome, to
see if Than Aung would receive a fair trial like
his NLD collegue,