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Imprisoned Shan ceasefire leader transferred

Written by Hseng Khio Fah

Tuesday, 03 August 2010 18:01

The leader of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ Maj-Gen Hso Ten, 74, who was sentenced to
106 years imprisonment in 2005, was said to have been transferred from Khamti, Sagaing
Division to Mandalay division last weekend, according to family members.
No reason for the transfer has been given by the Burma Army, according to his daughter
Nang Kham Pao.

“We have yet to see him, so we don’t know why the authorities transferred him. But we think it
must be because of his health conditions, at least we hope that is the case. It would be very
good if he could be allowed to access for medical treatment,” she said.

Some are wondering whether the transfer could be related to the SSA ‘North’s decision to
become a junta-run militia unit. Earlier this year, the SSA ‘North’ was reportedly told by Chief of
Military Affairs Security Ye Myint that if the group agreed to become a militia force, its senior
leader Maj Gen Hso Ten would be released.

However unconfirmed reports say Sao Hso Ten will be moved on to Sittwe in Rakhaing State,
and will not be kept in Mandalay.

“We will be very sad if he would be moved to far-flung parts. We are very happy that he is now
in Mandalay. We also pray that this transfer is for his medical treatment,” the daughter told

The family is expected to see him for the first time this coming Saturday.

Maj-Gen Hso Ten is reported to have been suffering from high blood pressure and an eye
problem since 2008, three years after his arrest.  He was also reported to have broken his arm
when he slipped and fell down in the bathroom recently. To date he has received no treatment
for his health issues.

He was sentenced by Naypyitaw on 3 November 2005 along with 8 other Shan politicians for
defamation of the state, association with illegal parties and conspiracy against the state. But
they were separately imprisoned and given the following sentences.

* Maj-Gen Hso Ten                               106 years                     Khamti prison

* Khun Tun Oo (Hkun Htun Oo)               93 years                      Putao prison
* Sai Nyunt Lwin,                                   85 years                      Kalay, Sagaing division.
* Sai Hla Aung                                      79 years                       Kyaukphyu prison
* U Myint Than                                      79 years                      Sandoway prison (died on 2 May
* U Tun Nyo                                          79 years                       Buthidaung prison
* U Nyi Nyi Moe                                     79 years                       Pakokku prison
* Sai Myo Win Tun                                 79 years                      Myingyan prison
* Sao Tha Oo                                         12 years                      Released

Imprisoned Shan ceasefire leader transferred

Written by Hseng Khio Fah

Tuesday, 03 August 2010 18:01

Khun Tun Oo’s brother, Sao Oo Kya, was also sentenced to 13 years in prison, but was
released on 18 August 2009 together with over seven thousand other prisoners.

The said leaders have also been suffering poor health problems, but were refused medical