Myanmar frees ill festival bomber on death row

August 3, 2012 19:21


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YANGON - Myanmar's president on Friday pardoned a cancer-stricken man sentenced to death for killing 10 people in a festival bombing two years ago, the latest of hundreds of prisoners to be freed under the country's reformist government.

Phyo Wai Aung, 33, who has liver cancer and is paralyses from below the waist, was released four days after a visit to Yangon's Insein Prison by United Nations Special Human Rights Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana, a family member told Reuters.

In May, he was sentenced to death for orchestrating a series of bombings during Myanmar's New Year water festival in April 2010. The bombs killed 10 people and wounded at least 170.

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