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Myanmar frees political prisoners on day of historic Obama visit

Published on Nov 19, 2012 12:57 PM

YANGON (REUTERS) - Myanmar's government began releasing dozens of political prisoners on Monday as Mr Barack Obama arrived for the first visit by a sitting American president to the former dictatorship.

Sixty-six prisoners were scheduled to be freed, two-thirds of them dissidents, according to prison officials and activists.

They included prominent figures such as Mr Myint Aye, a senior Prison Department official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A third of those released were former military intelligence personnel who fell foul of the junta, according to the 88 Generation Students political group.

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