Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Tun Oo
In February 2005, Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Tun Oo and seven other Shan leaders were arrested, convicted of high treason and sentenced to jail terms ranging from 79 to 106 years. Khun Tun Oo, 71, who was born at Hsipaw, Shan State, and studied Law at Yangon University, was released under amnesty in 2012 and resumed the chairmanship of the SNLD. The party registered with the Union Election Commission after the 2012 by-elections and intends to run in the 2015 general election. It will be its first campaign since the elections in 1990 for a constituent assembly in which it won 23 seats. In a wide-ranging interview, Mizzima Business Weekly's Portia Larlee asked Khun Tun Oo about ethnic politics, federalism and the drug trade.