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Press Release
Date: November 18, 1997

Moulmein Township NLD Chairman Jailed For 6 Years

U Kyi Lwin, the chairman of the Moulmein Township Organizing Committee for the National League for Democracy (NLD)  was sentenced to six years imprisonment with hard labour on October 17 for allegedly violating the Publishing and Printing Act.

An NLD member from Moulmein, U Myo Aung, who recently arrived on the border told the ABSDF that U Kyi Lwin, 52, had been detained since July this year without being charged.

"Military Intelligence officers came to his printing shop located on Main Lower Road in Moulmein in July and took him away", said U Myo Aung who witnessed the arrest.

The township court in Moulmein sentenced U Kyi Lwin to six years imprisonment with hard labour on October 17, 1997, after five court appearances. U Kyi Lwin joined the NLD after the 1988 uprising.

U Myo Aung said Military Intelligence have been constantly monitoring the movements of NLD members in Mon State, and arresting them whenever they can find fault with them. He also told the ABSDF that a number of NLD members have left for the Thai-Burma bo
rder due to increasing repression and harassment by the military authorities.  

In another case, U Win Shwe, an NLD member of the Bilin Township Organizing Committee, was recently detained and put under house arrest. Towards the end of October the SLORC was reportedly preparing to charge him under Section 5 (j) of the Emergency Provi
sion Act.

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