August 20, 2016


The State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to seek presidential pardon for political prisoners, activists, students

STATE Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announced yesterday that she would try her utmost to gain presidential pardon for political prisoners, political activists and students currently facing trial for cases connected with politics as soon as possible.
The statement, signed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, comes a day after she was appointed to her new position as State Counsellor, mentioning that releasing prisoners of conscience who are behind bars for their involvement in peaceful political activities is one of the priorities of the new government and re-affirmed by the will of the people as expressed by the wide margin of victory attained by the NLD who have long advocated on behalf of political prisoners.
Sub-article (a) of the Article 204 of the constitution guarantees the right of the sitting president to pardon prisoners, said the statement.
According to Sub-section (1) of the Criminal Procedure Section 401, the president can grant pardon either conditionally or unconditionally to those who are serving a prison term, according to the statement.
In order to release the political prisoners, activists and students facing trial for their involvement in political activism as soon as possible, at the time of the Myanmar new year which falls in mid-April, she will strive to achieve this goal with the use of all possible resources, said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the statement released by her office. —GNLM


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