On the occasion of the auspicious Thingyan New Year and supporting humanistic values, the President has pardoned 24,896 inmates from prisons across the nation, including over 2,700 from Insein Prison yesterday.
U Aye Thwin, Director of Yangon Region Prisons Department, said they distributed face masks to the inmates who will be released and gave them information on COVID-19. He said the Tatmadaw medical team and officials from the health department performed medical diagnostics and issued guarantees for those without COVID-19. He said the Yangon Region government prepared YBS vehicles to send them back to the nearest point from their homes.
The government has also organized train trips for those returning near Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Pyay and Shwenyaung and the regional government provided them with food for their journey.
Ko Aung Myint Thu is a resident of ward 14 in Hlinethayar Township who was sentenced to 5 years on drug charges. He is being released after 9 months in prison and said he is immensely happy towards the government for being pardoned. He said he won’t go anywhere as the virus is still spreading across the nation and wished for things to return to normal and for the other inmates to be released soon as well.
Daw Nilar from Pazundaung Township came to pick up her son at Insein Prision, who was serving 5 years on drug charges. She said she wasn’t sure he would be included in pardon but came with the hope that he would.
— Zaw Gyi (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)
President pardons 1570 Mandalay Prison inmates on New Year Day
On Myanmar New Year Day, the President pardoned inmates in prisons across the nation, including 1,551 domestic inmates and 19 expatriate inmates from Mandalay Prison yesterday.
Myanmar Police Force donated food and water to the people being released for their trip back home and the prison department issued them certificates showing good health and their stipends.
As all public transportation has been suspended during the spread of COVID-19, the general administration department, Myanmar Police Force and health ministry officials organized transportation for the those with the same destination in groups. — Aye Mya (Mandalay) (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)