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Feb 14, 2010 (DVB)-Burma’s main opposition party National League for Democracy’s vice-chairman Tin Oo was released Saturday night at the end of his six-year house arrest.
He was freed around 8.30 p.m. after a government officer entered his home at Thanlwin road in Rangoon and read a release order.
The 83-year-old, looking thin but energetic, told reporters waiting outside his home that he would return to work as early as Monday and carry out his duties in accordance with the NLD’s policies.
Before his release, Tin Oo was allowed to undergo eye surgery at the American Eye Vision Hospital in Rangoon.
Retired Commander-in-Chief Tin Oo was arrested and imprisoned after he was attacked by a pro-junta mob near the town of Depayin in upper Burma’s Sagaing Division, as he and colleagues including Aung San Suu Kyi were travelling in a motorcade on an organizational tour on May 30th 2003.
He has been under house arrest since February 2004, serving a sentence under the law ‘Safeguarding the State from the Danger of Subversive Elements’.