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| 6 December 2022, Tuesday |

Prisoners freed in Myanmar amnesty head home

After being freed by Myanmar’s junta in an amnesty that pardoned almost 6,000 prisoners in total, former British envoy, an Australian economic adviser, and a Japanese journalist flew to Thailand late Thursday.
Thousands have been jailed in a crackdown on dissent and public resistance since last year’s military coup.
Former British ambassador Vicky Bowman, Australian economic adviser Sean Turnell and Japanese journalist Toru Kubota touched down in Bangkok on Thursday evening.
Bowman, who wore a traditional Burmese dress, did not comment as she was escorted by British embassy staff through the airport to a connecting flight.
In this image taken from video by Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV, Briton Vicky Bowman is shown seated during a ceremony inside the Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.In this image taken from video by Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV, Briton Vicky Bowman is shown seated during a ceremony inside the Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
Bowman, formerly Britain’s ambassador to Myanmar, had been sentenced to a year in prison along with her husbandImage: MRTV/AP/picture alliance
Bowman, British ambassador from 2002 to 2006, was jailed for a year along with her husband for failing to declare they were residing at a different address to the one on their foreigner’s registration certificate. The military said her husband, prominent Myanmar artist Htein Lin, would also be released.
US-Myanmar citizen Kyaw Htay Oo told AFP he was “very happy.”
“I haven’t thought what I’m going to do when I get back home,” he said. “What I know is Myanmar is still not free.”
In this image taken from video by Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV, American Kyaw Htay Oo, center, poses with unidentified officials at the Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.In this image taken from video by Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV, American Kyaw Htay Oo, center, poses with unidentified officials at the Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
Kubota traveled on to Tokyo, where he spoke to the press on landing early on Friday morning. He expressed his gratitude for his release after a comparatively brief three-and-a-half-month stint in prison.
“I was released so quickly thanks to supporters in Japan, the press and government officials who made efforts to resolve the situation,” he told reporters at Haneda airport.
Toru Kubota speaks to reporters at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Toru Kubota speaks to reporters at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

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