Suu Kyi aide dies at 78 of Covid-19


A CONFIDANTE of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and stalwart democracy campaigner died after becoming infected with Covid-19 in prison, authorities said.

Nyan Win, a veteran senior member and former spokesperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party – led by Suu Kyi – was 78 when he died yesterday.

He had been arrested after the Feb 1 coup removed the NLD from power and was held in Yangon’s Insein prison on charges of sedition.

“U Nyan Win was found with Covid-19 symptoms on July 11 and transferred to Yangon General Hospital... for treatment,” said Zaw Min Tun, a spokesman for the junta.He died at the hospital yesterday morning, he said, adding that Nyan Win had underlying conditions of hypertension and diabetes.

A veteran politician who worked on human rights issues, Nyan Win was the sole person allowed to meet with Suu Kyi during the previous junta regime when she was held under intermittent house arrest for 15 years. — AFP

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