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Burma Appears to Halt Prisoner Release - 2004-11-24


Burma's military government appears to have halted the release of prisoners it pledged to free less than a week ago.

Burma's military rulers announced last week they would release some 4,000 prisoners they said were wrongly detained by the recently disbanded National lntelligence Bureau.

However, sources in Rangoon say only about 200 inmates have been freed, including 28 political prisoners.

The editor of the Thai-based Burmese magazine Irrawaddy Aung Zaw tells VOA he believes the government stopped freeing prisoners after the attention given to the recent release of key opposition figure Min Ko Naing.

Amnesty International estimates up to 1,300 political prisoners are held in Burma's jails. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi also remains under house arrest.

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