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The junta released 1,600 prisoners in Myanmar

Myanmar’s military government has announced a general amnesty for more than 1,600 prisoners held on New Year’s Eve. Of these, 42 are foreign prisoners. News Reuters.

A statement signed by Myanmar’s military secretary of state Lieutenant General Aung Lin Do said that 1,829 prisoners, including 42 foreign prisoners, were being released under a general amnesty.

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Detainees include ousted government leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her Australian economic adviser Shaun Turnell. Suu Kyi has been held captive in the capital, Napido. And Shawn Turnell is a prisoner in Insein Prison in Yangon. Relatives gathered in front of Ensein Prison on Sunday to discuss the general amnesty for prisoners. A local representative at the scene told Reuters that no political prisoners had been released from Einsen prison.

Last year, 23,000 prisoners were released in the annual general amnesty for prisoners. This time the number is less than that.

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