Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Sixteen political prisoners who had served their full terms were released today from Burmese jails, infamous for their brutal, neglectful treatment of inmates, a spokesman of a prisoners’ aid group said.
Those released were Buddhist monk Ashin Sandima, Kyaw Kyaw San, Chit Khin, Myint Swe, Thein Win, Han Sein, Maung Sein, Htay Aung, San Baw, Soe Ohn, Tun Myint, Maung Maung Than, Dr. Robert San Aung and three members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma secretary Tate Naing said.
Other than the three ABFSU members, the group was arrested in 2008 for protesting against the junta and demanding the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who at the time was under house arrest. They were sentenced to two years and six months for violating a ban on public gatherings of more than five people. Continue reading “16 political prisoners who had served their full terms were released today from Burmese jails”