Burmese military authorities in Rangoon rearrested a former political prisoner in the early hours of Saturday, family members said.

Family members said Rangoon Special Bureau Police on Saturday came at about 1 a.m. (local time) to the house of Sein Hlaing‘s (44) in Sanchuang township and said they needed to interrogate him and took him away.

“Everybody was asleep at that time but we woke up because of the noise. There were six SB officers including the township chairman. They said they needed to interrogate him and took him away,” the family member said.

“They [SB] questioned him as to where he got his antiques and he told them he got it from Pansodan Street,” the family member said.

Sein Hlaing was earlier arrested and sentenced to 14 years on charges under article 5 (J) and was released in 2002.

After he was released from prison, he got involved in the National League for Democracy’s humanitarian assistance programmes and helped former political prisoners, a colleague said.

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