Irrawaddy:Than Shwe’s Health Again in Question


Friday,October 3,2008

Burma’s 75-year-old leader, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, is undergoing medical treatment at his Rangoon residence near Tooth Relic Pagoda in Mayangone Township, says a source close to the junta chief’s family.

“Than Shwe has stayed in his Rangoon house since late September where he is receiving medical treatment,” said the source.

No further medical details were given. According to sources inside and outside the country, Than Shwe and his family, accompanied by a team of doctors, are expected to travel to Singapore soon for additional medical consultations or treatment.

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Irrawaddy:Than Shwe Delays Signing Election Law


Thursday,October 2,2008

The head of the Burmese military regime, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, has still not approved the country’s election law, which authorizes an election in 2010 and the constitutional backing for the Burmese armed forces to retain at least 25 percent of parliamentary seats.

Sources within the Burmese military said that although the election law had been approved by the constitution process, it was still on Than Shwe’s desk waiting to be signed.

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Burmese Exiled Politicians Invited to Indonesian Parliament


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Five exiled Burmese politicians were invited to attend a session of the Indonesian parliament on Friday, at which President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was scheduled to present a state of the nation address.

The five—Sann Aung, Teddy Buri, Thein Oo, Tint Swe and Win Hlaing—were all successful candidates in Burma’s 1990 election, the results of which were ignored by the military regime.

Two Burmese dissident groups in exile, the Members of Parliament Union (MPU) and the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), said the five had been invited by the speaker of Indonesia’s House of Representatives, Agung Laksono, to attend the session, which marks the country’s Independence Day.

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Zarganar Again Before Prison Court


Thursday,August 7,2008

Burma’s popular satirist Zarganar appeared before a court in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for a second time on Thursday, together with three activists accused of anti-state activities.

A member of Zarganar’s family said the four had been charged with eight alleged offences under the Emergency Provisions Act, Section 5(J) and Section 17/A, which bans contacts with organizations deemed to be unlawful.

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Zarganar Appears in Court in Insein Prison


Thursday,July 31,2008

After nearly two months in detention, Zarganar, Burma’s best-known comedian, and a colleague, appeared in court in Insein Prison in Rangoon on Wednesday, according to a source. 

It was the first time Zarganar (Tweezers), and a colleague, Zaw Thet Htwe, were summoned by authorities following their arrests in June. Two other persons also appeared in court at the same time, but they could not be identified, according to the source.
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Rise of Factions Roils Relations within Burmese Junta


Thursday,July 10 ,2008

On the surface, the high-ranking generals in the Burmese military junta appear to be united. But since a reshuffle in early June, speculation has been rife that the regime is undergoing a major realignment, with competing forces jostling for influence.

There are persistent rumors that several of the former Bureau of Special Operations heads who were sacked in June are now under investigation on corruption charges. Some are even believed to be under house arrest, facing charges of high treason.

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Maung Waik, Burmese Tycoon, Arrested on Drug Charges

Maung Waik, one of the richest men in Burma and a powerful crony of the country’s ruling military regime, was arrested and detained in late May on charges of drug abuse and involvement in a trafficking ring run by the son of one of the junta’s leading generals, according to a former business partner.

Maung WeikThe arrest was part of a crackdown on associates of Aung Zaw Ye Myint, son of the chief of the Bureau of Special Operations No. 1, Lt- Gen Ye Myint.

Aung Zaw Ye Myint was arrested on May 29 for alleged drug trafficking. When police and military intelligence agents raided his office at Yetagun Tower in Rangoon’s Kyeemyindaing Township, they reportedly found illegal drugs and six guns in his possession.

Aung Zaw Ye Myint is widely known among wealthy Burmese and celebrities as a drug dealer, according to sources in Rangoon. At the time of his arrest, he was in the company of Nawarat, a well-known movie actress.

Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Tuesday, a police sergeant from the Kyeemyindaing Township Police Station confirmed that the anti-narcotics division of the police force carried out a raid on Yetagun Tower, but declined to provide further details.  Continue reading