Tin Oo, deputy of Aung San Suu Kyi, released in Burma

Posted Feb 13, 2010 by R. C. Camphausen
With his sentence having ended on Feb 13, the vice-chairman of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), Tin Oo has been released from house arrest today.
Thura Tin Oo
Thura Tin Oo
Ex general Tin Oo's release comes as Burma's ruling junta prepares to hold national elections in 2010, though no date has been set for the elections as yet..
Lately, rumors in Burma made it look as if Ms Suu Kyi could also be freed, but it now seems most likely that this will not happen in time for the elections. Her period of house arrest only expires in November of 2010.
It is only two days ago that Human Rights Watch publicly reminded the government of Myanmar that U Thin Oo's time of detention was coming to an end. In a statement on their website one can read the following:
U Tin Oo, the deputy leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), has spent nearly seven years in prison and under house arrest in Rangoon. He has been held under an annually renewed detention order and denied access to visitors and fellow party leaders since 2003. U Tin Oo's house arrest order expires one day before the arrival of the United Nations human rights envoy on Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, for a visit through February 20.
"U Tin Oo has paid dearly for his courageous opposition to military rule," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "His release on schedule will be an important test of whether Burma's generals will allow even modest pluralism before the elections this year."
Today, the BBC confirmed that the 82-year-old vice-chairman of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has actually been set free.