Sein Lwin, who served as Burma's president for 17 days in 1988 and was accused of being the brutal henchman of late dictator General Ne Win, has died at the age of 81.
Sein Lwin was best known for taking charge of suppressing anti-government activities and leading a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1988. Unconfirmed estimates said that hundreds of protesters were killed during his brief time in office.
Sein Lwin died in a Rangoon hospital on Friday. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Information for this report is provided by AP.