Myanmar frees 50 political prisoners, Thai group says

By REUTERS
October 12, 2011 05:10

 
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BANGKOK - At least 50 political prisoners were freed in Myanmar on Wednesday as part of a general amnesty, a Thai-based group that monitors detainees in the former Burma said, adding that prisoners were still being released around the country.

"It's not complete. Zarganar is among those who have been released," Bo Kyi, joint secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), told Reuters, referring to one prominent dissident.

State television said on Tuesday that 6,359 prisoners would be freed but did not say if any people deemed to be political detainees would be among them.

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