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Woman prisoner dies in Insein prison

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A woman prisoner died of cardiac arrest in Insein prison hospital yesterday, family sources said.

Tin Tin Htwe (38) mother of three children, was recently shifted back to Insein prison from Tharyarwaddy prison. She died yesterday early morning.

The source said the body is being kept at the Ye Way cemetery mortuary and the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

The prison authorities gave necessary assistance to the bereaved family, which organized the funeral service, sources said.

She was suffering from heart disease and hypertension.

The duty officer in Insein prison did not answer queries on Tin Tin Htwe’s death, when contacted over telephone but responded to her family.  

She was transferred to Tharyawaddy prison from Insein prison in December 2008. She was recently moved back to Insein prison.

She participated in the saffron revolution in Rangoon and was arrested on 26 September 2007 along with 14 other political activists. After which she was released on bail.

But the bail was withdrawn on 16 November 2008 and she was charged with cases under section 332 (obstructing public servants from discharging their duty) and under section 294 (committing obscene acts in public places) of the Penal Code on 24 November 2008 and sentenced to three years and three months in prison with hard labour.

She is survived by a son and two daughters besides her mother.

The Thailand based Association of Assistance for Political Prisoners-Burma AAPP-B said that three political prisoners including Tin Tin Htwe have died in prison so far this year due to inadequate healthcare facilities provided in Burmese prisons.

According to AAPP-B statistics, a total of 143 political prisoners have died so far in various prisons since 1988.

(Edited by Ko Wild)


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