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Burmese democrat MP gets four years

Subject: Burmese democrat MP gets four years prison  sentence

Burmese democrat MP gets four years prison

           BANGKOK, April 12 (AFP) - An elected MP of Aung San Suu Kyi's
           National League for Democracy (NLD) has been sentenced to four
years in
           prison for alleged medical malpractice, a senior party official
said Saturday.

           Doctor Than Aung, an MP for a Rangoon township, was sentenced Friday
           after trial for running an unlicensed clinic and causing the
death of a patient
           through negligence. He has been sent to the capital's notorious
Insein prison.

           Speaking by telephone from Rangoon, NLD joint vice-chairman Tin
Oo said
           the negligence charge was "fabricated" and noted Than Aung had been a
           practising doctor for 25 years.

           "He's a member of the NLD and a member of parliament. The
authorities are
           continuing to act oppressively against our league," he said of
the verdict.

           The NLD swept the last general elections to be held in
military-run Burma in
           1990, the results of which were never recognised by the ruling
junta, the State
           Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC).