September 17, 2012
Myanmar pardoned more than 500 prisoners on Monday in an amnesty that included political detainees, according to the opposition party, a step that could strengthen the former military state’s growing bonds with Washington.
A government bulletin announcing the news on state television did not make clear if any of those affected were political inmates. But Naing Naing, an official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, said he was hopeful the amnesty included the country’s 424 remaining political prisoners.
“We’re optimistic that these are the remaining political prisoners,” said Naing Naing, himself a former political prisoner.