A Burmese dissident living in the United States says the Burmese government is conducting a smear campaign against him.

Aung Din, of the lobbying group U.S. Campaign for Burma, told VOA's Burmese service that he has been named as a suspect in last month's bombings at three shopping centers in Rangoon, in which at least 19 people died.

Aung Din said his family in Burma has confirmed the government is circulating leaflets accusing him of involvement in the bombing. He also said that the government briefly detained his family for questioning following the attacks.

Aung Din said he categorically denies any involvement in the bombings. He said his lobbying group does not practice terrorism and only supports protest by peaceful means.

Some information for this story provided by AP.