Village administrator released under Presidential amnesty from Sittwe prison

By  Manyu Kyaw ( Shwewa Mray)

Sittwe, 23 January 2016

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A village administrator from Minbya locality of Arakan, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment for alleged links with Arakan Army, has been released on Friday as the Burma President has announced an amnesty to political prisoners.

“I have received him  (Ko Maung Win) at Sittwe prison after his release. He is keeping good health,” said Daw Aye Nu Sein, a lawyer who advocated for his release.

Ko Maung Win was detained by the army authority on 23 May 2015 from his residence at La har Gyay village under Minbya township suspecting links with the Arakan Army. Later, the police sued him under Act 17(1) that applies to an individual maintaining contact with any unlawful organization.

The Minbya township court judge punished him on 29 September with three years of imprisonment along with hard labour. Ko Maung Win had however to stay in Sittwe  jail for few months only.

Following the Presidential amnesty, around 52 political prisoners were released from various prisons in Burma on Friday itself. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has however claimed that over 78 political prisoners are yet in prison and hundreds are facing trials with politically motivated charges.

The AAPP has welcomed the Presidential amnesty to the political prisoners, but maintained their demand for unconditional release of all such prisoners from various jails of Burma.