Yangon (Chindwin): Myanmar junta says a total of 123 prisoners from Sagaing region were granted pardon as part of an amnesty announced by the junta leader on 17 April 2022. It is a new year day of the strife-torn country.
Out of 123 prisoners released, 11 from Kalaymyo, 9 from Thanan, 11 from Myothit, and 23 from Tamu are from the northwest Sagaing region.
Nine prisoners from Magwe central prison are released.
The junta’s mouthpiece, The Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM), confirms a foreigner is included in 12 prisoners pardoned from Kengtung prison in Shan State.
In the north, 20 prisoners are confirmed released from Mohnyin central prison in Kachin State.
The announcement, which comes as a surprise to the people on the first day of the war-torn country’s new year, says a total of 1557 and 42 foreigners are granted pardon under a new amnesty.
Although the junta’s amnesty is a welcoming move, the amnesty excludes those accused of under Section 505 (a) as the junta’s mouthpiece itself confirms those released are only related to Section 401 of the code of Criminal Procedure.