U Saw Nandi’s health deteriorating
DVB, February 5
The health condition of U Saw Nandi, the chairman of Kengtung
Township National League for Democracy (NLD) is deteriorating.
He is suffering from high blood pressures, diabetics and other
ailments in his old age.
U Saw Nandi is currently being detained at Kengtung Prison
in eastern Shan State near Thailand. His health condition
was so bad that medicines had to be sent into the prison from
the outside in emergency.
U Saw Nandi was arrested with Shan State organising vice-chairman
U Sai Phat in September 2002 and each given a seven year sentence
by Burma’s military junta, State Peace and Development
Council (SPDC). U Sai Phat died in Kengtung Prison on 9 October
U Saw Nandi was charged with the political act 5J but he
was, in fact, arrested because he stood for farmers who demanded
the liberalisation of paddy/rice market, according to U Thein
Nyunt who defended him at the court and he insisted U Saw
Nandi should be released before 12 February now that the paddy/rice
market has beeen ‘liberalised’ by the SPDC.
Recently, another political prisoner died in Taungoo Prison
in central Burma. According to Amnesty International, there
are more than 1300 political prisoners in Burma.