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Accused Bomber among Released Prisoners

4 July 2012

Than Zaw, a former youth member of the National League for Democracy who was imprisoned in 1989 for his alleged role in bombing the Thanlyin Oil Refinery, was among 46 Burmese prisoners released under a presidential decree on Tuesday. “I’m neither grateful nor happy,” Than Zaw said in an interview with the Democratic Voice of Burma. “I was imprisoned for so many years—more than two decades—for a crime I didn’t commit.” The actual bomber, a Karen National Union major named Ko Ko Naing, confessed to the crime and was released in 2005.

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