Myanmar says to free 452 prisoners ahead Obama visit

By REUTERS
November 15, 2012 04:19

 
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YANGON - Myanmar plans to free 452 prisoners including an unidentified number of political prisoners, government officials said on Thursday, just days before a visit by US President Barack Obama to the former military state.

State media said the prisoners will be freed with the "intent to help promote goodwill and the bilateral relationship." An official in the Home Ministry said "prisoners of conscience" will be among those pardoned.

The timing of the amnesty is significant, coming days ahead of Obama's visit on Monday, the first to the country by a sitting US president.

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