(Yangon) Army is in power in Burma since the coup d’état 1is being February ordered the release of more than 23,000 prisoners on Friday, after arrests were made in recent days targeting relatives of ousted Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and election officials.
Mass pardons of prisoners for clearing overcrowded facilities are common and usually conducted on important dates in the Burmese calendar. This Friday is a public holiday in the country.
The State Administration Council […] Lifted the sentence of 23,314 prisoners held in prisons, detention centers and camps, ”announced in the columns of the Global New Light of Burma, using the official term to designate the Burmese military government.
Another listing indicates that 55 foreign prisoners will be released.
Both orders were signed by the Chairman of the Military Council, Army Commander General Min Aung Hlaing.
The announcement did not give further details about the released prisoners.
Aung San Suu Kyi and other prominent political figures were captured during operations in Fajr 1is being February by the army, which claims that last November’s elections were won by M.I Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy (LND), has been marred by numerous scams.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner has not appeared in public since then and is under house arrest, but according to NLD officials, the de facto former head of the Burmese government is “in good health.”
Since the coup, the new regime has arrested more than 200 people, according to a non-governmental organization that defends political prisoners.
They include Sean Tornell, an Australian citizen, and an economic advisor to the ousted government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The National League for Democracy – which was based in Yangon the victim of a night storm by men in uniform this week – confirmed the arrest of election commission officials on Thursday.