Prisoners freed in Myanmar amnesty head home – DW – 11/18/2022

A former British envoy, an Australian economic adviser, and a Japanese journalist flew to Thailand late Thursday after being freed by Myanmar’s junta in an amnesty that pardoned almost 6,000 prisoners in total. 

Thousands have been jailed in a crackdown on dissent and public resistance since last year’s military coup. 

First stop in Thailand for freed prisoners

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.
Bowman, formerly Britain’s ambassador to Myanmar, had been sentence to a year in prison along with her…

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