Junta forces have arrested a former National League for Democracy MP and his family in Myanmar’s central Magway region, according to a family friend.
Win Win was elected as the representative of Minbu Municipality to the country’s lower house, or Pyithu Hluttaw, in 2015 and was re-elected in 2020.
He was arrested Sunday morning with his wife and three children at a relative’s home in Pwintbyu township, where he had been hiding since the military toppled the National League for Democracy-led government in a February 2021 coup.
“They were arrested early in the morning. We don’t know where he was taken after that,” said the family friend, who declined to be named for security reasons. “I understand that the junta has issued an arrest warrant for Win Win under Section 505(a) of the Criminal Code,” he said, referring to the section that prohibits incitement against a government employee, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison can be.
The family friend did not know if the junta would continue to arrest Win Win’s wife Toe Toe Wai and his children, Thantzin Win Wai Hein, 17; Nhoung Yati Win Wai Htwe, 13; and La Pyae Win, 3, as they pursue their case against him.
The junta has not released a statement on the arrests.
Since the coup, the military regime has arrested and imprisoned scores of lawmakers, including prominent members of the National League for Democracy.
According to the party’s human rights department, 90 MPs and 1,169 party members have been arrested since February 1, 2021. 67 members, including two lawmakers, died in prison or during interrogation.
Translated by RFA Burmese. Edited by Mike Firn.