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Burma Continues to Detain Key Opposition Figure


Burma's military government has sentenced a senior opposition National League for Democracy figure to an additional 60-day prison term, just as he completed a seven-year sentence for alleged corruption.

The wife of opposition leader Than Nyein, Khin Aye, told VOA Monday the family had expected him to be released along with other political prisoners on Friday.

Last week, military rulers began releasing nearly 4,000 prisoners they said were wrongly detained by the recently disbanded National Intelligence Bureau.

Sources in Rangoon told VOA Monday that only a few hundred prisoners, including key opposition figure Min Ko Naing, have been released. They say no detainees were released on Monday.

There are about 20 political prisoners held in Burmese jails, including three elderly members of parliament.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her top deputy, Tin Oo, remain under house arrest.