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Popular young writer arrested on drug-related charge


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A prolific young Burmese writer, Wai Mhu Thwin, along with two friends has been arrested on a drug  charge at his home in Thingangyun Township in Rangoon, according to sources.

Wai Mhu Thwin is a popular young Burmese writer. He was arrested on drug charges, friends say, and is now in Insein Prison.  Photo: Wai Mhu Thwin's Facebook On Saturday, anti-drug police arrested Ye Zarni, 28, and Zaw Lin (aka Arafat), in his forties, after police reportedly found  amphetamine pills in their possession. Later, police arrested Wai Mhu Thwin (aka Kaung Htet), a friend said on condition of anonymity. Ye Zarni and Zaw Lin work in video advertising.

Presently, all three are detained in Insein Prison, a friend told Mizzima. They were reportedly charged with violating section 15/56 (c) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,  he said.

Wai Mhu Thwin, 33, has published 45 books including poetry, fiction and essays, according to his Facebook page.

Earlier, rumours were circulating that his arrest was related to pro-democracy politics, but an activist in Rangoon denied the rumours. Wai Mhu Thwin served as secretary of the now defunct Myanmar Democracy Congress. The political party was disbanded before the election because it failed to register 1,000 members in accordance with the electoral law.

‘His arrest is not related to politics’, said a pro-democracy activist in Rangoon.  ‘And he is not an 88-generation student. I’m afraid that the rumours will damage the dignity of our 88-Generation Students Group’.


Last Updated ( Monday, 09 May 2011 20:25 )  

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