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SR. NLD FIGURES JOIN IN CRITICIZING
Journalist Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained last Tuesday night after being asked to dinner with policemen on the fringes of Myanmar's biggest town, Yangon. "The Interior Ministry has already presented the case to the President's office," Zaw Htay, Aung San Suu Kyi's spokesperson, said over the telephone later Sunday.
Htay could not be contacted on Monday to find out whether Htin Kyaw or Suu Kyi were present or whether other officers had subscribed on the presidential side. NLD vice-presidential leader Nyan Win, a member of the NLD and one of Suu Kyi's defenders during her years of detention under Burma's regime, said it was "unfair" that the Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo family were not permitted to communicate with them or find out where they were being detained.
Said the NLD was "very mysterious" and demanded "openness", although it could not do anything about it because it was not inform. Despite a NLD-led civil administration taking over in April last year, the law enforcement and interior ministries pushing the case stay under army supervision.
Yangon Police Division Police Lieutenant Colonel Myint Htwe had no comments when he was asked about the criticisms of the men's jail. A former People' s Age Yangon correspondent, Pe Myint was the head of Wa Lone when the newspaper reported on his first work.
Last weekend the Department of Information said that they "illegally obtained information with the intent to divulge it with overseas media," and published a photograph of the couple in cuffs. At the same moment, the Department said that two police officers, Police Captain Moe Yan Naing and Police Sergeant Khin Maung Lin, were also detained under the same circumstances.
"All prisoners must be granted immediate legal and familial access," said Frederick Rawski, the IHR's Asia-Pacific Regional Director, in a declaration on Monday. Wa Lonne's woman announced on Thursday that the journalists were taken to a secret place by the Htaunt Kyant PD Htaunt in Northern Yangon just after they were arrested.
Lieut. Col. Myint Htwe and a second chief mate, Lieut. Min Han of the Criminal Investigation Department, said on Monday that they did not know where the reporters were being detained.