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3,000 Burmese Held in Thai Prisons: Minister

20 March 2013

There are about 3,000 Burmese prisoners in Thailand, Deputy Home Affairs Minister and Chief of Burma’s Police Force Brig-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun told Parliament on Tuesday, according to a report by state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar. The minister told lawmakers that Thailand would soon “release Myanmar citizens in an amnesty and to commute their sentences on request of Myanmar embassy,” the paper reported. He was responding to questions by Lower House MP Thein Nyunt, an opposition member for the New Democracy Party. After the session, he expressed doubts about the minister’s answers, saying, “To my knowledge, the number [of Burmese prisoners in Thailand] is more than 10,000.”

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