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Myanmar president announces clemency for prisoners

Myanmar president announces clemency for prisoners

Myanmar's new president has announced a clemency program for prisoners, but its terms are limited and its scope is unclear.
State television and radio announced Monday that President Thein Sein signed a "general amnesty" order commuting death sentences to life imprisonment and cutting one year from convicts' prison terms.
The announcement did not say how many prisoners are covered by the order or if any of the country's more than 2,000 political prisoners will be released.
Nyan Win, a spokesman for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political group, said the order would not help political prisoners because many are serving very long sentences.


Updated : 2021-01-22 19:15 GMT+08:00