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SOEPAING TINSOE [MYANMAR]
'I haven't seen the light of freedom yet, but I always keep telling myself I will be a free man one day'.
CASE INFORMATION
NAME: Soe Paing Tinsoe Soe Paing Tinsoe
AGE: 21 November 1970
ORIGIN: Myanmar [Burma]
ARRESTED: 04 March 1997
PRISON LOCATION : Bangkwang Central Prison
117 Nonthanburi Road
Nonthanburi 11000, Thailand


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CHARGE: Drug Trafficking
SENTENCE: Death penalty, commuted to life imprisonment.
CONTACT ME: Soe Paing Tinsoe
Bangkwang Central Prison
Building # 6
117 Nonthanburi Road
Nonthanburi 11000, Thailand
ABOUT MY CASE:
My name is Soe Paing Tinsoe. I was born on the 21st of November 1970. I am from Myanmar [Burma]. Most of you have already known the situations in Burma. Hundreds of thousands of Burmese people have left the country since 1988 and entered into neighboring countries, mostly illegally, to find a better life or to find a job. Work hard, save money and sent it to families back home.

I left my hometown, Mandalay, and came to the Thai-Burmese border in 1995, with the hope of finding a job. I left my old father and my elder sister behind. It was my responsibility to look after my family since I was the only son. I just wanted to make our life easier.

I was arrested at the Northern Thai Border on March, 4, 1997 for smuggling drugs [38,000 amphetamines].

On December 12, 1997, I was given the death penalty. Fortunately for me, the court reduced my sentence to life imprisonment. I am grateful that they have spared my life. I am very sorry for what I have done.

I am in genuine need of people to help me a little in whatever way they can. Thank you
Soe Paing Tinsoe
VISITING DAYS: Anybody wishing to visit me please do. I would very much like to have visitors because I never get them. I sit and watch all everyone else going to meet people and wish that would happen to me.

Visiting days are only on Tuesday and Thursday between 9:30am and 11:30am and in the afternoon between 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
LETTER WRITING : I really would love to get letters from people even though it might be a struggle for me to reply because I have little money. The cost of stamps is a luxury to people like me but sometimes I am able to get help from the other foreigners if I work hard. So please if you have time, please write to me.

You can talk about any subject because I am interested to know everything about what is going on in the world. I have spent time trying to improve my English and I am lucky because my friends here help me.

I am genuine and sincere when I tell you that I am sorry for my mistakes and I have done the wrong thing in life but I am making everyone day count to turn my life around.

Please write to me if you have free time.
    Soe Paing Tinsoe
    Bangkwang Central Prison
    Building # 6
    117 Nonthanburi Road
    Nonthanburi 11000, Thailand

Do not send care packages to the prison or cash in the mail.
First establish regular contact with the prisoner and then seek their advice on how best to support them.

EMAILS : Most of the time it takes 2-3 weeks for prisoners to receive emails. A new email account has been opened for Soe Paing by a local friend who will manage the email delivery for him. Technically, the prison email service is only supposed to enable prisoners to email family. Given the situation however for most Burmese, whose families don’t have internet, it makes it rather inconvenient. So having a personal account will be a great benefit and far less expensive and Soe Paing will be able to receive longer letters as opposed to the standard 15 line restriction. Please email Soe Paing at this account in future: soe.paing.tin.soe@hotmail.com
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