Burma's military government says it plans to free more wrongly detained inmates as part of a mass prison release program.
Officials announced Saturday that more than 5,000 people will be freed during this new round of releases, bringing the total number to more than 14,000 -- most of them described as common criminals.
Burma says the inmates were wrongly detained by the recently disbanded security apparatus, the National Intelligence Bureau. That agency was headed by ousted Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt.
Opposition spokesmen say only a few dissidents have been freed so far. Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest.
In a proclamation issued Friday celebrating Human Rights Day, President Bush called on Burma's ruling military to release Aung San Suu Kyi and begin the process toward democracy.
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