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Myanmar president grants amnesty to 8,500 prisoners

AP  |  Yangon (Myanmar) 

has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners.

The amnesty, announced yesterday, coincided with Myanmar's traditional New Year. It was granted to 8,490 citizens and 51 foreigners.

A statement from said those released included the aged, those in ill health, and drug offenders. None was individually named.

It also said 36 of those to be freed had been listed as political prisoners by the independent

The amnesty appeared to cover only prisoners who had already been convicted of crimes, so it was unlikely that two reporters, and Yaw Soe Oo, currently facing trial for possessing secret official documents, would be freed.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 10:35 IST