NLD Vice Chairperson Tin Oo released

(Mizzima) – Tin Oo, Vice-Chairman of the National League for Democracy was released late today as his six-year term of detention expires.

Retired Commander-in-Chief Tin Oo, along with party General Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi and followers were ambushed and attacked by a pro-junta mob near the town of Depayin, in Sagaing Division on 30th May 2003 during an organizational tour. After the attack in May 2003, he was detained in Kalay prison in Sagaing Division and then put under house arrest in February 2004 by the Burmese regime under the law ‘Safeguarding the State from the Danger of Subversive Elements’.

The National League for Democracy that won in a landslide victory in 1990 elections but denied by the regime to call a parliament has recently expanded its Central Executive Committee members from 11 to 20. The expansion of the leadership was followed after its detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed by the Burmese military government to meet ailing and aging top leaders of the party including Tin Oo last December.

Tin Oo, 82, is expected to resume his political activities after the release.

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