Family members appeal for release of ex-military intelligence jailers

(Yangon, 28 October 2013): Family members of 22 former military intelligence jailers, who have been serving their jail terms in various prisons of Burma since 2004, have appealed to the authority to release them on humanitarian ground, said an affected family member on the condition of anonymity.

“We have appealed to the highest authorities of Burma including the President to release the intelligence jailers on the humanitarian ground as our country is approaching for a democratic change. We hope they should be free now,” the family member said.

Though they said 22 former intelligence jailers are inside the bar, many of their colleagues including the former Prime Minster and intelligence chief U Khin Nyunt have been released in the recent years.

The family members issued the appeal through a letter dated 24 October 2013,which was circulated among some high placed officials including the President, vice-President, Country’s human rights commission, chairperson of Lower House Committee for Rule of Law, Peace and Tranquility in the Parliament, human rights defenders,  lawmakers, foreign embassies etc.

The jailed military intelligence officers include U Thein Shwe (lodged in Myingyan prison), U Than Tun (Monywa prison), U Tin Oo ( Lashio prison), U Myint Aung Kyaw ( Thayawaddy prison), U Mauang Than (Pathein prison), U Tin Hla (Kalay prison), U Aung Ngwe ( Pathein prison), U Tun Hla Aung ( Myitkyina prison), U Zaw Tun Aung (Hinthada prison), U Min Thu ( Ma-U-Pin prison), U Myint Oo ( Thayawaddy prison), U Nay Soe (Pyi prison), U Moe Thu ( Hpa-an prison), U Naiang Htay (Taungoo prison), U Min Lwin (Shwebo prison), U Htin Win (Meiktila  prison), U San Aung ( Mawlamyaing prison),U Aung Kyaw Moe (Pakkoku prison), U Aung Zaw ( Myeik  prison), U Tin Htut ( Pagu prison), U Mrat Shwe( Taunggyi prison) and U Tin Tun ( Shwebo prison).

The family members argued in the letter that the present Burma government, as it is carrying out the democratic reform process  to achieve the goal for all round development, prosperity, peace and tranquility, should consider releasing those 22 intelligence jailers under humanitarian and sympathy ground.