Body of Detained Poet in Myanmar Returned to Family with Organs Removed

The body of Myanmar poet Khet Thi, who died in detention, has been returned with missing organs, his family said.

Khet Thi’s wife, Chaw Su, said that security forces took them both for interrogation last May 8 in the central town of Shwebo in the Sagaing region, but Khet Thi did not return.

“I was interrogated. So was he. They said he was at the interrogation center. But he didn’t come back, only his body,” Chaw Su told BBC’s Burmese language service.

“They called me in the morning and told me to meet him at the hospital in Monywa… When I arrived here, he was at the morgue and his internal organs were taken out,” Chaw Su further said, adding that she was told he died of a heart problem.

According to reports, family members said that his body had torture wounds when they identified him at the morgue.

“Poet Khet Thi was arrested. He died at the hospital after being tortured in the interrogation center,” non-profit human rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) stated, without citing its source.

Chaw Su also said that the army had planned to bury Khet Thi’s, but she asked for the body to be returned.

The military has not publicly commented on the death of Khet Thi.

Khet Thi, whose poems were about resisting the military, became at least the third poet to die amid the anti-coup protests. His fellow poet and friend, K Za Win, was shot dead during a protest in Monywa last March.

According to AAPP, the military has killed 780 people and arrested 3,826 since the coup began last Feb. 1.

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