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Three more political prisoners released

Sep 29, 2008 (DVB), Three more political prisoners have been released by the Burmese military regime, bringing the total number of political detainees freed as part of the recent government amnesty to nine.

Ko Aung Khin of Indaw and Ko Maung Kyaw of Mawlu in Sagaing division were released from Kalay prison on Friday, along with criminal inmates, according to National League for Democracy information committee member U Nyan Win.

Formed major U Myint Lwin of Bago was also released from Insein prison on 23 September, the same day that U Win Tin and others were released.

Along with U Win Tin, U Khin Maung Swe, Dr Than Nyein, Daw May Win Myint, U Aung Soe Myint and U Aye Thein who were released last week, this brings the total of political detainees freed to nine.

Former army captain U Win Htein was also freed on Tuesday last week but was re-arrested the following day and taken back to Katha prison.

The latest releases are believed to be part of the 9002 prisoners granted amnesty for good behaviour by the regime in preparation for the 2010 elections.

Pro-democracy groups have been keen to downplay the significance of the recent releases, stressing the high number of political prisoners who remain behind bars.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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