(NLD) party chairman U Tin Mya (74), who was accused of being involved in a bombing case and handed a prison term was released from Insein prison today.

” I was accused of being a bomber”
by Phanida
Friday, 18 September 2009 20:31

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Thingangyun Township National League for Democracy (NLD) party chairman U Tin Mya (74), who was accused of being involved in a bombing case and handed a prison term was released from Insein prison today.

He was sentenced to five years and served one and-a-half years in prison. Mizzima interviewed the NLD party member, who said that he would be involved in politics as long as the NLD exists.

Q: Why were you released from prison? Did you have to sign a bond?

A: I didn’t have to sign a bond. The reason for releasing me has two parts. The first one is being a politician. The second one is my advanced age.

Q: When you were sentenced, how many years was your prison term and under which section?

A: I was given five years in prison for concealing information and bombing. I was arrested on April 1 last year at night. A youth member of our party came from Thailand and brought explosive materials. But we didn’t know about it. I realized it only when they were arrested. But they arrested me on suspicion though they knew I had nothing to do with the case.

Q: When did you know about your imminent release? A: I heard the radio announcement last night. But I knew only at 10 o’clock this morning when they took me out from my prison cell. They said more prisoners will be released tomorrow. I heard about only 18 prisoners.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: I will be in politics as long as my party exists. Everyone knows they are oppressing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by various means. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will not yield to their pressure. And nor will I. I must continue my work. They asked before releasing me if I will be in politics again when released. I said yes.

Q: How do you feel after your release?

A: I feel happy with my family reunion. The rest is not so significant. I played a role in an ordinary play. I foresaw what would happen to me after that. Releasing me is not strange and extraordinary. I am not feeling anything out of prison. I know well what they will do during their reign. It is no different for me either in prison or outside prison. I shall do what I want to do. That’s all.
mizzima

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