Former Myanmar PM may face trial soon

Agence France Presse

Yangon, June 11:

Myanmar’s ousted premier Khin Nyunt has been shifted from house arrest to Yangon’s Insein prison, a strong suggestion that he will soon face trial in a secret court, a source close to the junta said today. “Former prime minister Khin Nyunt has been taken from his house to Insein jail where he most probably will be put on trial,” a reliable source close to the junta’s intelligence apparatus told AFP. The transfer to the notoriously secretive and high-security jail in suburban Yangon was made on Thursday, the source said. General Khin Nyunt, who announced military-ruled Myanmar’s “roadmap to democracy” in 2003 and favoured dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was sacked and arrested in a purge last October that the junta has described as a crackdown on corruption. A legal source familiar with the cases of Khin Nyunt’s two sons, who are presently on trial in an Insein court and could face life behind bars if convicted on corruption charges, was unable to confirm Khin Nyunt’s transfer. “But there are indications that preparations were being made to try Khin Nyunt,” he said. Khin Nyunt faces charges including high treason, abuse of power and graft. He had led the powerful Military Intelligence for two decades, but the junta scrapped the entire military intelligence system and detained Khin Nyunt and some 300 people linked to him.