Myan­mar to free over 8,000 pris­on­ers in amnesty

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - WORLD -

Myan­mar’s new pres­i­dent said on Tues­day that over 8,000 pris­on­ers will be freed in an amnesty, a move the gov­ern­ment said would bring about hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port amid the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal re­forms af­ter decades of mil­i­tary rule. The pres­i­den­tial par­don, signed by newly elected Pres­i­dent Win Myint, said the move was meant to bring peace as part of cel­e­bra­tions of the Myan­mar new year. It did not spec­ify when the amnesty would take place. “To bring peace and plea­sure to peo­ple’s heart, and for the sake of hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port, 8,490 pris­on­ers from re­spec­tive pris­ons will be given the par­don,” the pres­i­den­tial of­fice said in a state­ment.—

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