Yangon, 26 July

Chief officer of Insein prison in Yangon was reportedly removed from   duty after he was accused of funding to members of people’s defence force, sources close to this case said to Than Lwin Times.

The source said that funds were raised from prison staff in July second week, and donated K1.1 million to PDF members, and the staff members are now under arrest.

“The case really happened in the prison before 13 July, but it was kept in secrecy. In follow-up inspection after funding case, their mobile phones were checked. The chief prisoner officer was dismissed from duty in 24 hours,” said a source close to Insein prison to Than Lwin Times.

After this case, prisoners are suffering human rights violation, and the military’s affiliated fire brigade members and military intelligence officials are inspecting the wards in prison.

The military has assigned U Myo Zaw at the rank of colonel for the duty of prison chief at present.

“Prison officials are oppressing inmates now, and security is being tightened for lawyers and visitors of prisoners. Even cigarettes and betel quid are no more allowed for the prisoners on the days of court proceeding,” said a lawyer who is advocating for political prisoners to Than Lwin Times.

The source also said that Yangon religion’s police colonel and tactical operation commander inspected Insein prison on 21 July.

Over 20,000 civilians have been arrested after the military coup, and most of them were detained in Insein prison.

News—Than Lwin Times

Photo—CJ (File Photo)

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