Tin Oo, Mi

   (1928-1997)
   Powerful head of Military Intelligence (thus "MI"), State Council member, and joint secretary of the Burma Socialist Programme Party, he was considered Ne Win's heir apparent until arrested and given a life sentence in 1983 for corrupt practices. His sudden fall was attributable in part to his unpopularity with regular Tatmadaw commanders, who feared the information he obtained as MI head might be used to blackmail them, but more fundamentally to Ne Win's concern that he was becoming too powerful. His power base of loyal supporters within the intelligence apparatus was largely independent of Ne Win's control. Tin Oo remained in prison, most of the time at Insein Jail, until the 1990s, when he was released, apparently viewed by the State Law and Restoration Council as harmless. His successor as head of Military Intelligence was Khin Nyunt.
   See also Rangoon Incident.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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