December 13, 2017

Early release President grants amnesty to 6,966

Prisoners walk out of Insein prison after being released during an amnesty in Yangon on 30 July, 2015.—MNA
Prisoners walk out of Insein prison after being released during an amnesty in Yangon on 30 July, 2015.—MNA

Yangon, 30 July — The Union government released almost 7,000 prisoners in an amnesty Thursday including more than 200 foreigners and former military-intelligence officers.
In its announcement, the government said President U Thein Sein granted pardons on humanitarian grounds to 6,966 prisoners who had served part of their sentences and shown good behavior in prisons.
The amnesty is aimed at furthering stability and the peace process, and allowing the pardoned prisoners to participate in national reconciliation and political processes, it said.
Presidential pardons with repatriation were also granted to 210 foreign prisoners in view of maintaining bilateral relations, the announcement said.
Among the foreigners released were 153 Chinese loggers who had been sentenced to life imprisonment last week, according to an official of the prison in Myitkyina where the men were being held on charges of illegal logging.
Three journalists and two publishers from the Bi Moon Te Nay, or Bi-Midday Sun, were also freed under the amnesty from Insein prison in Yangon.
Thursday’s amnesty was one of the largest that Myanmar has seen in recent years.—GNLM

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