236 inmates from Mandalay Central Prison granted pardon

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Released prisoners reunite with their families in front of the Mandalay prison yesterday. Photo: Maung Aye Chan

The government has granted pardon to a total of 3,303 male and female prisoners from both prisons and detention camps in commemoration of Myanmar New Year and on humanitarian grounds. Among them, 205 males and 31 females are from Mandalay Central Prison.
Colonel Nay Lin Soe, Minister for Security and Border Affairs of the Mandalay Region government, and Police Brig-Gen Sein Lwin, Commander of the Mandalay Region Police Force, provided a briefing to the released prisoners from Mandalay Central Prison yesterday morning. Prisoners also underwent medical checks and received daily allowances and travel grants before their release.
U Cho Win Tun, Director of the Mandalay Region Prisons Department, stated, “The duty of the Prison Department is to detain those who have broken the law and must serve prison terms. However, the inmates are like our brothers and sisters. Therefore, we are truly happy for their release. We must train and nurture them to become good and capable individuals upon their release. Since the prisoners released today have demonstrated good behaviour, I believe they will be responsible not only to their families but also to the country”.
A person granted a State pardon said, “I am thrilled that the government granted us pardon. I hope my friends who remain in prison will also be released soon. Authorities provided us with travel expenses to return to our hometowns. I am eager to reunite with my family. I sincerely thank the State leaders who granted us pardon to reunite with our families”.
Yesterday, a total of 406 prisoners (335 males and 71 females) from five prisons in Mandalay Region and 74 prisoners (68 males and six females) from labour camps in Mandalay Region were granted pardon. — Maung Aye Chan/TMT

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