Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Burmese Junta Frees Six More Politicians

Source: Reuters

Myanmar's junta has freed six prominent politicians arrested during last month's crackdown, including three senior members of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, a party official said on Tuesday.

"They were taken from Insein Central Prison to their homes at about 10 p.m.," NLD spokesman Nyan Win said.

Among those released was veteran politician Win Naing who was arrested on September 25 at the height of protests led by monks against 45 years of army rule in the former Burma.

The other five were detained on September 27 as the army crushed the biggest anti-junta protests in two decades. Official media reported 10 people were killed, but Western governments say the real toll is likely to be far higher.

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