Wed, 09 Mar 2005

From: AFP

Myanmar student activist freed

MYANMAR: A leading Myanmar student activist, Ko Saw Min, has been released after 14 years in prison, fellow former student leaders told AFP on Tuesday.

Ko Saw Min, considered the second most prominent leader of the student movement that spearheaded pro-democracy protests in 1988, was released within the past few days, they said.

Myanmar's current junta took power after brutally suppressing the student protests, leaving hundreds and possibly thousands dead.

Fellow activists said Ko Saw Min, now 41, was unsure of his political future.

"He said he still believes democracy will prevail, but that he is too old to be an activist," one activist told AFP.

"He said he was so surprised that his baby daughter had grown up to be a 15-year-old girl," he added.

The top student leader, Min Ko Naing was freed in November among some 9,000 detainees released by the junta. --AFP