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Ex-Myanmar minister on trial for abuse of power

Win Aung has gone on trial at a special court inside the notorious Insein jail for misusing his powers, military sources said.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 15:28 IST

Former Myanmar foreign minister Win Aung has gone on trial at a special court inside the notorious Insein jail for abuse of power, military sources said on Saturday.

"He is on trial for misusing his powers," a source close to the military regime told the agency.

Another legal source said that the former minister had been in the prison for about a month.

Win Aung was purged in October 2004 along with former prime minister Khin Nyunt, who is under house arrest in the capital after receiving a 44-year suspended sentence last year for bribery and corruption.

The junta weeded out Khin Nyunt's allies from top posts, and hundreds of military intelligence officers and people linked to their businesses were arrested and detained in prisons around the country.

While Khin Nyunt once helped crack down on pro-democracy demonstrators, he eventually became the reformist-leaning face of Myanmar's military leadership.

He was the most senior general willing to enter a dialogue with democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi and foreign governments considered him to be one of the most accessible and reasonable figures in the junta hierarchy.

Late last year, the junta extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest by another six months.

The Nobel peace prize winner has already spent more than 10 of the past 16 years in some form of detention.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 15:28 IST