Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dr Zaw Myint Maung

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung

Section: Emergency Provision Act 5(E), 122/4,+C866
Sentence: 25+12 Years
Current Location: Myinkyina Prison

Dr Zaw Myint Maung is currently under detention after being arrested for attending meetings in Mandalay in 1990 to form a provisional government. He was charged under Penal Code Article 122(1) and sentenced to 25 years imrisonment. The Election Commission dismissed him from Parliament on 27 November 1991 and banned him from running in future elections.

In March 1996 while in Insein Prison, he and other political prisoners were sentenced to a futher 7 years jail. They were charged under the 1950 Emergency Provision Act, Article 5(E), for producing a magazine marking the 75th anniversary of Rangoon University, and a magazine entitled New Blood Wave.

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung was also found in possession of a letter addressed to the UN Special Rapporteur on Burma, Professor Yozo Yokota, which detailed the situation of political prisoners in Insein Prison. In relation to this second charge, Dr. Zaw Myint Maung was interrogated by MIS officers in prisoners in prison and was tortured and badly beaten.

Dr. Zaw Myin Maung was born on December 11, 1951. He graduated from mandalay Institute of Medicine in 1979. He was in charge of the Yurthitgyi Hospital, Sagaing Division and worked as a Chemistry Lecturer at Mandalay University from 1983-88. He participated in 1988 democracy uprising and later joined the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi. In 1990 general election, he was elected in Amarapura constituency (1).

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