02 Jan '12, 9pm

Myanmar cuts prison terms to mark Independence Day

YANGON: Myanmar announced on Monday it was reducing the sentences of some prisoners to mark Independence Day, but made no mention of a much-anticipated release of political detainees. All inmates, except those imprisoned for life, will see their prison terms cut in honour of the national celebrations on Wednesday, according to an order from President Thein Sein. The announcement, which said the decision was for "national solidarity and respecting humanitarian grounds", is likely to disappoint observers hoping that Myanmar would free scores of dissidents held behind bars in the country. Under the order, death sentences will be commuted to life imprisonment, jail terms above 30 years will be reduced to 30 years, those between 20 and 30 years will be cut to two decades and shorter sentences will be cut by a quarter. It is unclear how many political prisoners will be released ...

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