U Khin Nyunt: Then and Now

Khin Nyunt, Myanmar's ex-prime minister and former chief of the Myanmar Military intelligence, was released from house arrest in Yangon on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Myanmar freed many of its prominent political prisoners on last friday (Jan. 13, 2012), Khin Nyunt is one of them.

အရင္က စစ္ေထာက္လွမ္းေရးခ်ဳပ္ ခင္ညႊန္႔ နဲ႔ အခုု ဦးခင္ညႊန္႔

Khin Nyunt in Military Uniform

U Khin Nyunt who was released from House Arrest 

Khin Nyunt was appointed as its first secretary (Secretary −1), a post which he held until his appointment as Prime Minister in August 2003. Shortly after Khin Nyunt was appointed as Prime Minister, he announced a seven-point roadmap to democracy; this roadmap was heavily criticized by the Burmese opposition as well as by many foreign governments especially Western ones as it envisaged a permanent military participation in the government. The so-called 'systematic and step-by-step implementation of the road-map to democracy' also contained no time-line. On 18 October 2004, in a one-sentence announcement signed by SPDC Chairman Senior General Than Shwe, Khin Nyunt was "permitted to retire on health grounds". However, he was immediately arrested and placed under protective custody. Allegations of Khin Nyunt's corruption were officially made several days later. On 5 July 2005, Khin Nyunt was tried by a Special Tribunal inside Insein prison near Rangoon on various corruption charges. On 21 July 2005, he was sentenced to 44 years in prison, though it is believed that he is ostensibly serving his sentence under house arrest instead of in prison. Khin Nyunt's sons were also sentenced to 51 and 68 years respectively. (From Wikipedia)

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