Myanmar’s military authorities plan to release about 2,000 people from prisons across the country, according to reports on Wednesday, while state television said the generals have dropped charges against actors and other celebrities who have participated in anti-coup protests.
At least 700 of the prisoners will be released from Yangon’s Insein prison, prison chief Zaw Zaw told Reuters news agency.
However, the prison chief declined to specify who will be released from the country’s vast prison complex where some of those who took part in the mass demonstrations were taken.
Rumors that the prisoners will be released began Saturday, while some family members of the detainees gathered outside the prison. Hundreds of people were already waiting outside the prison Wednesday morning in anticipation of the release of some detainees.
In April, military leaders order release of more than 23,000 prisoners from prisons across the country under a New Year’s Eve amnesty, although few of those arrested after the February 1 coup were included.
Rupture: Myanmar’s coup regime will release more than 2,000 prisoners across the country on Wednesday. It is unclear whether those charged under Section 505a of the Penal Code for incitement, including journalists, will be among those released. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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The news came a day after the country’s military government dropped charges against 24 celebrities who had been declared wanted for inciting for their part in mass demonstrations and civil disobedience against the capture of the country. power of the generals.
Actors, athletes, social media influencers, doctors and professors were among hundreds of people listed as wanted by opponents. the army that took power from the elected government of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Some of the 120 celebrities sought include singers Lin Lin and Chit Thu Wai, actors Phway Phway, Eaindra Kyaw Zin and Pyay Ti Oo and model May Myat Noah. Actor and model Paing Takhon, who is famous both in Myanmar and Thailand, was arrested in April, while actor Pyay Ti Oo and his wife Eaindra Kyaw Zin surrendered to police.
The military-run Myawaddy television channel said the charges against the 24 were dropped because their involvement was the result of “external factors”.
Since taking power, the army has struggled to govern in the face of daily protests, and strikes that have paralyzed official and private affairs. There has also been an increase in local rebellions.
Arrest warrants have been issued for nearly 2,000 people since the coup, according to the Association for the Care of Political Prisoners, which is monitoring the situation. He said more than 5,200 people are currently detained.
Meanwhile, the judge in Aung San Suu Kyi’s case rejected a motion Tuesday to dismiss the central evidence in a case that could see her imprisoned for up to two years for incitement, her legal team said.
The 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has been in detention since February 1.
She is charged with a series of offenses ranging from corruption and violation of coronavirus rules to illegal possession of two-way radio and incitement to commit crimes against the state – charges her lawyers deny.
Khin Maung Zaw, the head of his legal team, told Reuters that the prosecution had introduced evidence he believed inadmissible, but the judge allowed it.
The evidence includes letters that the prosecution says were issued by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party in the days following the coup, which were widely shared on social media. .
One ordered the embassies not to recognize the military government, among several documents that Khin Maung Zaw said were not signed by either Aung San Suu Kyi or his co-defendants, they deposed President Win Myint and the elder. mayor of Naypyidaw Myo Aung.
“There is no sign on the documents. They pulled the document from the internet, ”he said.
“They didn’t include how they extracted the documents, what technology they used to extract the documents … they just presented it in court. That’s why we objected.”
Aung San Suu Kyi’s communication with the public was through her lawyers.
A member of the Min Min Soe legal team told reporters she had urged people to “Please stay united. Please stay united.”
SAC Terrorist Troops have been stationed at all checkpoints in Dawei since 6AM in the Tanintharyi Division. They inspected all vehicles, mobile phones, and asked everyone to provide their name, address and signature before entering and leaving the city.#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/FoBu5Boonu
– Kyaw Zayar Lin (@kzy_linn) June 30, 2021
Min Min Soe also said that Aung San Suu Kyi heard testimony Tuesday that she exploited coronavirus restrictions during the November elections, which her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won by a landslide.
In an interview with Russian news agency Sputnik published Monday, Chief General Min Aung Hlaing he said the fate of Aung San Suu Kyi was not in his hands.
“I’m not a judge.” I can’t say what will happen. I cannot give any order as to what should be done with it, ”he was quoted as saying.
“The judges take care of that, in accordance with the law, and then the judges decide what will happen to them, as the law requires.”
As of March, protest pockets have continued throughout the country demanding an end to military rule and the release of detained activists and opposition leaders.