Myanmar to free almost 25,000 prisoners in largest amnesty in years

Originally published by Reuters on 15/04/2020

Summary

Myanmar will free almost 25,000 prisoners in an amnesty to mark the traditional New Year, its largest mass pardon in recent years. The President said these prisoners would be freed unconditionally “to bring delights to the citizens of Myanmar and taking into consideration humanitarian concerns”. A spokesman for the prisons department said that the large number being released was not linked to concern about the coronavirus, and no details were given of the crimes that the prisoners were convicted of.

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