Myanmar’s military is tightening its crackdown on the former civilian government, with the arrest of a senior leader from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
Win Htein was taken from his Yangon home early on Friday.
In a pre-dawn phone call with BBC Burmese, win Htein said he was being taken to the capital of Nay Pyi Taw by members of the police and the military.
He said he was being detained under sedition laws – which carry a maximum punishment of life imprisonment – although he was not told the exact charge.
The 79-year-old patron of the NLD and strong supporter of Ms Suu Kyi has given several interviews since the coup criticising the military and its leader Min Aung Hlaing.
Ms Suu Kyi and other leaders have been detained since the military launched its coup on Monday, plunging the South East Asian country into uncertainty.
Their whereabouts remain unknown.
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