YANGON: Myanmar on Thursday ordered the release of thousands of prisoners including 210 foreigners, officials said, the latest in a series of amnesties under the reformist government that have seen sentences quashed for hundreds of dissidents.
Authorities acting on the instructions of President Thein Sein ordered some 6,966 detainees — 210 of them foreigners — to be freed across the country after they had been “well disciplined”, according to a post on the ministry of information website.
The release includes 155 Chinese nationals handed long jail sentences earlier this month for illegal logging in northern Myanmar, near the countries’ shared border, according to a home affairs ministry official who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak to the press.
“More than 150 Chinese will be released in the amnesty,” he said without giving further details.
A second official from the corrections department also confirmed that Chinese nationals would be released.
All unnecessarily held prisoners held any where in the world, as they are a cost to the society. Releasing them will create the man power asset available.
Jorge Gonzalez Larramendi • 11 hours ago
Don’t get caught cutting virgin forests. Especially in another country.
Maybe Myanmar will give the forests away. Sad
Mahendra Kumar Nayak
Freeing of large number of prisoners as good gesture by the Myanmar government is most welcome. That may bring much harmony in the country. Freeing of foreign prisoners is expected to bring better understanding with the respective countries.
Very Good Work
otherwise they may enter the country and increase its population
Getting back to their senses i think!
Any political pressure? Or really and sensibly acting on amnesty matters? Whatsoever it may be, the long awaited release for the Chinese prisoners makes some headlines in China ! (Presume, they had their say in this matter).