Detainees transferred due to prison overcrowding

Oct 11, 2007 (DVB), Two military trucks loaded with students and men with shaved heads were seen driving in the direction of Thayet prison 5 October.

The military trucks were travelling in convoy surrounded by other vehicles, according to local residents.

According to prison administration officials in Rangoon, the number of detainees held in interrogation centres has exceeded capacity. Following the recent demonstrations in Rangoon and elsewhere in Burma, more than 2,000 people have been arrested, many of whom are being held in detention centres in Rangoon.

In response to the overcrowding, the government has decided to transfer a number of prisoners to other locations, including the more remote Thayet prison in central Burma.

Reporting by Maung Too

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