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NLD member’s relatives jailed after being assaulted

Jan 27, 2009 (DVB), The mother and uncle of a National League for Democracy member from Hlegu township in Rangoon who were beaten up by a local family have been prosecuted and jailed by authorities.

Khin Thein, 59, and her older brother Tin Maung Win were beaten up by relatives of Myint Lwin, the owner of an alcohol shop situated inside Darpein North police station compound, in September 2006.

Tin Maung Win was sentenced to two months in prison on 8 October 2008 and Khin Thein was given a one-month jail term by Hlegu township judge Thwin Thwin Soe on 21 January.

The attack happened after a dispute between Khin Thein’s daughter San San Thwin, a member of Hlegu township NLD, and Myint Lwin.Myint Lwin then reportedly rallied his family members and beat up San San Thwin's mother and uncle.

"Ko Myint Lwin, Ma Khin Sein, Ma Khin Thida Lwin and Ma Bokeson beat up my mother twice in one day and my uncle once," San San Thwin said.

"We reported the first incident, and then my mother was beaten up again as she had reported it. Mother had to go to hospital with a broken hand," she said.

"My uncle was charged with the false accusation that he attacked Ko Myint Lwin’s wife and while my mother was charged with biting Ma Bokeson’s hand. Dr Khant Win had to write a false medical note for them."

Khin Thein is due to be transferred to Insein prison today, while Tin Maung Win has now been released.

Khin Thein's son Kyaw Zwa Win said the actions against the two were a blatant abuse of law and an attempt to oppress opposition members.

Kyaw Zwa Win claimed that officials had told him that his mother and uncle were prosecuted and jailed on the orders of chief police Khin Yi and chief judge Aung Toe.

Reporting by Aye Nai