Akyab, March 10
Fate of Arakanese political prisoners uncertain in Burma
There were not any Arakanese
politicians among the recently released prisoners by the
There are at lease 25 Arakanese
political prisoners in several jails in
U Khaing Soe and another 19
prisoners from Arakan Communist party have been held
in the Thayawaddy jail since their arrest in 1986,
after they raided the town of
In the incident, the group took at least 40 firearms from the police department and 1.6 million Burmese Kyat from the government bank of Minbya.
Soon after the incident, U Khaing
Soe, leader of the rebel group, and U Soe Myint, a
prominent lawyer, were arrested by the Burmese army, along with several
According to sources, they have been issued amnesty four
times since the present military government took over power in
One political leader said that the communist party is not currently on Burmese soil, as the party is totally abolished and that the military government should release them along with other prisoners.
In the Akyab jail there are about 10 political prisoners, including U Tha Tun Aung, U Lon Shaw, U San Shwe Oo, and an abbot of Nasi Wra monastery, all who were arrested by the authority in 2001, after a Muslim and Buddhist riot in Akyab.
Akyab sources said U Tha Tun Aung and the others were not actually involved in the riot, but the authority arrested them in retaliation for the people who lead the democracy movement in Akyab, in 1988.
Another prominent student and youth leader, as well as the
chairman of Rakhaing Patriotic Literature Club
(RPLC), Khaing Kung San, who is now based in
Since his arrest, he has been sentenced for seven years of imprisonment by the Burmese authority, but the location and name of the jail where he has been detained is unknown, said a relative.
There is currently a rumor in
Despite the amnesty, Arakanese political prisoners are cannot to be released from jail through bribing the jail authority because they are well known political prisoners in Arakan. The fate of the Arakanese prisoners is still unknown, said a relative of one political prisoner. #
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