2 Arakanese political prisoners released with presidential amnesty

Yangon: The Burmese authority released about 90 prisoners on Tuesday around Burma according with presidential amnesty. Among them, two Arakanese students were included in the release.

Ko Naing Soe and Ray Htet Soe

Ko Naing Soe and Ray Htet Soe

One is Ko Ray Htet Soe who was released from Insien’s notorious prison in Yangon after having served  3 and a half years in prison.

Ko Ray Htet Soe was sentenced to nine years in total, including three years for having connections to illegal organizations outside Burma under section No 7 , five years for possession of explosives under section No 5 , and one year for illegal possession of a satellite phone under section No 16(1).

Replying to Narinjara soon after his release from prison, Ko Ray Htet Soe said that he is very happy to be released from the prison and he has no words to express his feelings.

Another person is Ko  Naing Soe who was released from Thetyet prison located central Burma.

He was sentenced to eight years in total, including three years for having connections to illegal organizations, and five years for possession of explosives in the same year.

According to sources, the authorities released 90 prisoners this time with presidential amnesty but most are reportedly political prisoners.

In Insein prison in Yangon, there were 10 prisoners released. Among them six are political prisoners including Ko Zaw Min,  Nay Myo Thura and Sai Aung Kyaw.

AAPP, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners , confirmed the release of 56 political prisoners from five jails but 176  remain in different prisons in Burma.

It was learned that  more than 800political prisoners were freed in amnesties between May 2011 and November 2012.