A close aide to ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained in a new wave of arrests following last week’s coup d’état.
Kyaw Tint Swe along with four other members of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) had been taken from their homes overnight. According to reports, Tint Swe, served as minister for the office of the state counsellor under Suu Kyi.
The latest detentions come as Washington inches a step closer to impose sanction on Myanmar’s military junta. On February 10, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order imposing sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar, freezing all US assets that benefit Myanmar’s military leaders.
Although the exact number of people arrested is yet not clear, it has been reported that members of the electoral commission have also been detained. The military junta has objected to the credibility of the legislative elections held last November and has constantly reject Suu Kyi’s victory in the polls. Suu Kyi has been taken under house arrest since February 1, despite global powers demanding her immediate release._Agencies