Prisoners Released in Independence Day Amnesty
About 3000 prisoners were released yesterday from
several jails in Burma as part of the independence day amnesty, with
30 political prisoners among them.
However, there were no prominent political
leaders, such as detained democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
or well-known senior journalist U Win Tin, among those granted release.
AAPP, the Assistance Association for
Political Prisoners (Burma), said that even though there were 30 political
prisoners released, their jail terms had already been concluded and they were
set to be released regardless of the independence day
Junta officials said that 2,831 prisoners
were to be freed from prisons around the country ahead of the 59th anniversary
of the country's independence from Britain on the 4th of January, 1948. However, the authorities have not made any remarks
regarding the detention of Daw Suu.
The NLD party said Burma's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is not expected to be
among those given amnesty, but four other political prisoners were released
Soe Moe Naing, and activist who had been serving a 25-year sentence since
1999 was freed from Mandalay prison in center Burma, NLD representatives said.
According to a report of the AAPP of those
political prisoners released, four are from Mandalay prison, three are from Kale prison, eleven are from Insein, eight are from Tharawaddy,
and four are from Thayet prison.
In Burma there were an estimated 1,021 political prisoners
before this round of releases, so currently there are 991 prisoners remaining
in several prisons around the country, according to an AAPP report. #