Who Killed S-2 Tin Oo?
By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance
In a country where students are given 15 year jail sentences for handing out a pamphlet, no one was arrested for the assassinations of Secretary -2 (S-2) Tin Oo, a regional army commander and the third ranking officers in the Navy and Air Force.
Formal investigations were not conducted by the Narco-Dictatorship of Myanmar because it would have exposed the deep divisions within the Burma Army and precipitate a pre-emptive coup by the third-tier officers.
Secret Report Of The 19 February 2001, Helicopter Incident
Those who died:
1) Lt. General Tin Oo, 67, OTS-22,BC-8182, Secretary-2, SPDC
2) Maj-General Sit Maung,50, DSA-12, Southeast Regional Commander
3) Brig-General Lun Maung, 65, Minister, Prime Minister's Office
4) Col Win Hlaing,58, OTS-38, BC-11467, Deputy Director, Artillery
5) Col Tin Win, 51, DSA-14, Air-1633, Colonel General Staff (Air)
6) Lt. Col Hla Paing, 44, DSA-20, BC-14770
7) Maj Soe Naing, 41, DSA-23, Air-1862, Helicopter pilot
8) Major Aung Phone Naing,40,DSA-25, BC-18171, Substitute PA to S2
9) Capt Nay Min Aung,29, OTS,Air-2174, Helicopter Co-Pilot
10) Lt. Khin Maung Kyaw,26, DSA-39, BC-29470
11) Warrant Officer Mg Mg Than,34, Myawaddy TV
12) Sgt Thein Tun,44, Air-18400
13) Sgt Kyaw Swe,37, Air-19752
14) Sgt Htain Lin Aung, 29, Air-22614
Missing, presumed dead
15) Capt Kyaw Tin Hla (Navy), Captain General Staff (Navy), Son-in-law of Admiral Maung Maung Khin, Deputy Prime minister
16) Lt. Col Maung Maung Thet, Grade 1, War Office, Son-in-law of Brig-General Maung Nyo, Vice Adjutant-General
Those who survived
Brig-General Than Maung, Lt. Colonel Hla Htwe Win, Lt. Colonel Khin Maung Myint, Major Soe Aung Kya, Major Nay Myo Oo, Major Ye Myint Tun, Capt Aung Za Tun, Warrant Officer Maung Maung, Sgt Myat Kyaw, Sgt Win Maung & U Nay Soe Naing,57, Managing Director, Public Works.
Conclusion : There are some who speculate that S-2 Tin Oo was assassinated for publicly threatening to "annihilate" Aung San Suu Kyi.
Others suggest that it was a very powerful internal military struggle in which allies of the abruptly removed Southeast Regional Commander Major-General Myint Aung retaliated against his replacement Major-General Sit Maung.
Burma's future will be decided by the third-tier officers who are fed up with the corruption and economic mis-management by Genocide Than Shwe and Khin Nyunt.
Than Shwe's poor health may soon activate a pre-emptive coup.