Eight-thousand, four-hundred and ninety prisoners received presidential pardons yesterday, among them eight political prisoners and one foreign prisoner in Insein Prison in Yangon.
As a humanitarian gesture for the Myanmar New Year, and for the peace of mind of the people, 8,490 prisoners serving jail terms in various correctional facilities across the country were given unconditional amnesty today under Sub-section (1), Section 401 of the Criminal Procedure Code, according to the presidential order released by the Office of the President yesterday.
Among the 336 prisoners who were released from Insein Prison were former members of the police and Tatmadaw, drug traffickers, and eight political prisoners included in the list of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). The one foreigner released was from China, officials said.
One of the released prisoners expressed his hope that others would be as fortunate.
“I got the long jail term. I am released today after staying in the prison for thirteen years,” said Saw Walay, “I hope the remaining prisoners would be scrutinised and released”.
Among those receiving unconditional amnesty were 13 prisoners from Thaton prison, 178 from Myeik Prison and Correctional Facility, 64 from Dawei prison and 87 from Sittway prison.