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Burma releases 46 prisoners ahead of UN visit

Latest update : 2008-01-08

Burmese authorities have released 46 prisoners originally arrested during the unrest in August and September, ahead of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari's visit to the country on Saturday.

Authorities in Myanmar have freed 46 more people arrested during unrest in August and September, an opposition party spokesman said Friday. The release of the prisoners, most of whom are members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, occurred late Thursday, spokesman Nyan Win told AFP, just two days before the arrival of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Saturday. Gambari will be on his second visit to the country and is expected to press Myanmar's ruling generals on reform, including freeing hundreds of people still believed to be detained following the junta's violent crackdown on anti-government protests in late September. During the past week at least 165 people seized during the unrest have been released, but Nyan Win said dozens of NLD members remain behind bars. At least 13 people were killed and officially about 3,000 detained when authorities suppressed the protests.

Date created : 2007-11-02