Only three political prisoners among thousands released in Myanmar

October 8, 2014 9:51 AM

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YANGON (Reuters) - Only three political prisoners were among thousands of people granted amnesty by the Myanmar government this week and rights group said the release was apparently aimed at improving the country's image before a visit by the U.S. president.

Myanmar said on Tuesday it was releasing 3,073 prisoners for the sake of "peace and stability" and "the rule of law", but it gave no details of who they were or why they had been imprisoned.

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