The military junta in Myanmar issued two amnesty orders, pardoning a total of 1,619 prisoners, local MRTV reported.
The decision was made on the occasion of the traditional New Year in the country.
Among the amnestied – 42 foreign prisoners. They will be released and sent out of the country.
Khin Shwe, spokesman for the Myanmar Prison Service, said those released were mostly common criminals or convicted drug dealers.
According to the speaker, he does not know if there were political prisoners among those pardoned.
Military coup in Myanmar
In Myanmar, on February 1, 2021, the army announced a power grab, detaining Foreign Minister and State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures.
The military said the coup was a response to massive electoral fraud on November 8, 2020.
Following the coup, a state of emergency was declared in the country.
As a result of the military coup in Myanmar, 24 ministers and their deputies lost their posts.
According to the UN, from the day of the coup to this day, 1,500 civilians have died in Myanmar, and more than 400,000 have been forced to flee their homes.
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