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Ne Win's daughter freed in Burma

Ne Win pictured in 1970
Ne Win took power in a bloodless military coup in 1962

Burma's military government has freed the daughter of the late leader, Ne Win, who has been under house arrest for more than six years, friends said.

The woman, Sandar Win, was detained with her father in 2002 over an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

Her husband and three sons were sentenced to death, although they have not yet been executed. Ne Win died under house arrest in 2002.

There has been no statement from the Burmese authorities on the release.

Ne Win took power in a bloodless military coup in 1962, and remained in power until 1988, when a pro-democracy uprising forced him to step down and hand power to a new military leadership.

His daughter Sandar Win - a doctor - is believed to have played a major role in the suppression of the democracy movement in 1988 after her father resigned as ruler.

That was also when she left the military's medical services and became a businesswoman.

Before her detention she presided over the Ne Win clan as it developed a significant business empire encompassing hotels, medical services and telecommunications.

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