Nay Pyi Taw, 4 May

The military council announced amnesty order to release 2,153 political prisoners to mark the ful-moon day of Kason, the Buddha Day, on 3 May.

These prisoners were serving prison terms at different jails and prisons after they were charged with Penal Code Section 505-A.
The military said in the amnesty order that the release was to mark Kason full-moon day and to ensure peaceful mind of people based on humanitarian ground.

The release was ordered under Section 401 sub section (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code which stated if they commit another office after their release, they will be made to serve the remaining punishment as well as any sentence related to the new crime.

The junta also released 3,015 local prisoners and 98 foreigner inmates, on Myanmar New Year Day on 17 April. None of them were arrested in political charges.

The release of political prisoners on 3 May was coincided with the recent visits of Chinese foreign minister and Russian delegation to Nay Pyi Taw.

A total of 21,807 individuals were arrested by the junta up to 2 May since the coup, and 17,897 remain under detention.

News—Than Lwin Times

Photo—Release of political inmates from Insein Prison

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