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Opposition leader freed in Burma
U Tin Oo speaks to reporters. Archive picture
Mr Oo is the latest of several opposition activists to be freed
A senior opposition leader in Burma has been released from prison and placed under house arrest.

Tin Oo, vice chairman of the National League for Democracy, was moved from Kale prison to his house in the capital Rangoon, his family members said.

He was arrested after the opposition clashed with supporters of Burma's military rulers last May.

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other top NLD members had already been placed under house arrest.

Since Tin Oo, 77, had been held in Kale, in the remote north-west of the country, his family had expressed concern about the effects of his detention on his health.

"He was handed over to his family by military intelligence personnel late last night (Saturday)," a source close to his family told the AFP news agency.

"He is a bit thin but in good health." The military government - facing strong international protests - has so far released over 150 people detained after the 30 May incident.

It has also recently pledged a so-called seven-step "road map" to democracy and a new constitution - a move that has been welcomed by the international community.

The National League for Democracy overwhelmingly won a general election in 1990 but was not allowed by the Burmese military to take power.


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