Myanmar frees at least seven political prisoners
Sanjay Jha | September 24, 2008 at 12:37 amby
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Military junta announced releasing of 9,002 prisoners on Tuesday. Now today Junta has announced to free seven political prisoner expecting them to participate in General election taking place in 2010.
Myanmar's junta has released at least seven political prisoners as part of an amnesty for more than 9,000 inmates, officials from detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party said on Wednesday.
National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman Nyan Win confirmed the release of the party members, who included 79-year-old journalist and prominent dissident Win Tin.
Win Tin's release on Tuesday after nearly two decades behind bars in Yangon's feared Insein jail was hailed internationally by pro-democracy activists.
"I've got confirmation of the release of seven long-serving political prisoners, including Win Tin," Nyan Win said.
The spokesman said party members Aye Thein, Khin Maung Swe, Major Win Htein, Than Nyein, Aung Soe Myint and May Win Myint had also been released.