Shan Leader Moved to Mandalay Prison

3rd Aug 2010, Irrawaddy news,

An ethnic Shan leader serving 106 years imprisonment, Maj-Gen Sao Hso Ten, of the Shan State Peace Council (SSPC), has been transferred from Hkamti prison in Sagaing Division to Mandalay prison, according to his family.

No official reason for the transfer was given by the authorities, but his family said Hso Ten (aka Sai Kyaw Sein), 74, was moved because of his health.

His daughter, Nan Kham Pong, told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday: “The authorities didn’t inform the family about the move, although they have now confirmed that my father is in Mandalay prison. They will allow a meeting with my father this coming Saturday.”

Sao Hso Ten. (Photo: SHAN)

Hso Ten’s last family visit was in early June. Nan Kham Pong said he had injured his hand in a fall.

“I’m also worried about his health because he is suffering from a heart problem, diabetes and he needs an emergency eye operation,” she said.
Hso Ten hadn’t had a medical check-up for "a long time," his daughter said. He finds the medicines he is given aren’t effective, she added.

Hso Ten was one of several Shan leaders arrested after attending a meeting of opposition and ethnic groups in Shan State on February 7, 2005. They were accused of high treason.

Hkun Htun Oo, chairman of the Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD), was sentenced to 93 years imprisonment, Sai Nyunt Lwin to 85 years and Sai Hla Aung 75 years. The SNLD won a landslide victory across Shan State in the 1990 election.

Hkun Htun Oo is currently serving his sentence in Putao prison in Kachin State, while Sai Nyunt Lwin is confined in Kalay prison.

According to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), there are 2,171 political prisoners in Burma, 207 of them from are ethnic communities.

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