Burma releases dozens of political prisoners

    Burma releases dozens of political prisoners

    Jan 22, Naypyidaw: More than 100 prisoners have been released in Burma including some jailed for political offences, officials have said.

    The move comes just over a week before the new government convenes for the first time ahead of last's years landslide election.

    A New Zealander serving a two-year term for insulting Buddhism among those released on Friday.

    Philip Blackwood was jailed in March for using an image of Buddha to promote his bar. It was not immediately clear if the two Burmese men jailed with him were also being released.

    An organisation which campaigns for the release of political detainees said 52 of the people being pardoned were political prisoners.

    Sentences for nearly 80 prisoners on death row have also been commuted to life in prison.

    The Oslo Times


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