By WAI MOE
The Burmese regime detained Aung San Suu Kyi’s physician on Thursday and the Nobel laureate was treated by his assistant on Friday for dehydration and low blood pressure, following the arrest of an American who reportedly secretly entered her guarded compound on Sunday night.
According to the National League for Democracy (NLD), Pyone Mo Ei, an assistance of Suu Kyi’s family doctor, Tin Myo Win, gave her an intravenous drip on Friday, spending a few hours in her house.
“First authorities permitted Pyone Mo Ei to enter for only one hour,” said Khin Maung Swe, an NLD executive member on Saturday. “But the doctor told authorities that one hour was not enough to give her an intravenous drip so authorities allowed more time for the doctor.”
Khin Maung Swe confirmed the arrest of her family doctor, Tin Myo Win, on Thursday evening.
“Authorities came to pick up Dr Tin Myo Win on Thursday for his regular visit to give her a medical checkup. After he waited awhile to enter the house, authorities told him that he could not visit her. So he went back home,” said Khin Maung Swe. “On Thursday evening, authorities came to the doctor’s house again and took him away.”
A family member of Tin Myo Win said that he has not returned home since then. On Friday, intelligence officers came to Tin Myo Win’s house and took away some clothes, medicine and religious handbooks. Where he is being held is unknown.
Under permission of the junta, Tin Myo Win has been allowed to visit Suu Kyi every first Thursday of the month. He is the only outside visitor who regularly sees the 1991 Nobel laureate, who has been under detention for 13 of the past 19 years. Two caretakers, Khin Win and Win Pa Pa, are allowed to live with Suu Kyi in the compound.
State-run media reported that it had arrested a US citizen, “John Willian [sic] Yeattaw,” after he reportedly swam to Suu Kyi’s lakeside house compound and stayed secretly in the house from Sunday night to Tuesday night. He was arrested about 5:30 am on Wednesday.
NLD sources said foreigners have previously attempted to enter Suu Kyi’s lakeside compound. A foreigner tried to enter in 2008 by giving money to security guards. At the time, Tin Myo Win reportedly told authorities about the incident on behalf of Suu Kyi.
An NLD source, who requested anonymity, speculated that Tin Myo Win’s arrest could be related to the swimmer’s case because authorities might want to question him about the previous incident.
The state-run-media did not report any new details about the arrested US citizen or Tin Myo Win’s arrest on Saturday.
However, members of the junta-backed mass organization, Union Solidarity and Development Association, have launched a smear campaign, claiming the swimmer who sneaked into Suu Kyi’s house was an agent of the US Central Intelligence Agency.
“This kind of rumor is totally wrong and impossible,” said Han Thar Myint, an NLD spokesman.
Suu Kyi’s current house detention is set to expire on May 27 under Burmese law. However, government prosecutors contend the date of expiration is in November.
Some diplomats believe Suu Kyi could be released this month while others think the junta will find a way to keep her in detention after the expiration date.