A member of the National League for Democracy serving a long-term sentence in Insein prison has been denied permission to attend his late wife’s funeral.

U Aung Thein, 77, an accountant from the NLD’s social welfare department, is currently serving a 20-year jail term for illegally possessing a satellite phone and making contact with democracy activists outside Burma.

Daw Aye Aye Thein, U Aung Thein’s wife, died of a lung disease on Sunday at the couple’s house in Tharkayta township in Rangoon.

U Aung Thein’s daughter Ma Khin Khin told DVB that a request for permission to attend the funeral was denied.

“My older sister went to Insein prison and asked permission for our father to be allowed out to attend her funeral…. The officials made several phone calls to their seniors before turning down the application,” Ma Khin Khin Win said.

“They said it’s impossible to let him go out with the situation as it is.”