The Burmese military junta has announced that it has released 700 prisoners, including a former British diplomat, a Japanese journalist and an Australian adviser to the ousted government of Aung San Suu Kyi. A fourth foreigner was also released, whose personal details are not known. Former British ambassador Vicky Bowman, Australian economic adviser Sean Turnell and Japanese reporter Toru Kubota “will be released on a national holiday,” an official source told AFP. A fourth foreigner was also released, whose personal details are not known.
It is not yet known when they will be able to leave the country
Released foreigners will be able to enjoy amnesty and will be repatriated to their respective countries, according to an official note. The three had been arrested during activities to crack down on dissent in Burma. It has not yet been decided when they will be able to leave the country.
Amnesty for 6,000 prisoners
The former British ambassador Vicky Bowman and her Burmese husband had been sentenced to prison for alleged violations of immigration laws, as announced by Burmese state television, reported by the BBC. Their release, the military announced, is part of an amnesty granted by the military regime to 6,000 prisoners. But the possibility that opposition leader and former premier Aung San Suu Kyi is among them seems slim.