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Myanmar releases ex-UK envoy, Aussie economist, Japan filmmaker

Nov 17 (Nikkei) - Myanmar's military regime has released former U.K. Ambassador Vicky Bowman, an Australian economist and Aung San Suu Kyi aide Sean Turnell, and Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota from prison as it attempts to mitigate a growing backlash against the generals.

Nikkei Asia confirmed that the three, along with a U.S. national Kyaw Htay Oo, have been released and were with diplomats from their countries at Yangon International Airport. The four foreigners are among nearly 6,000 prisoners who have been released, according to the military-backed State Administration Council (SAC), the official name of the regime's governing body. Htein Lin, Bowman's husband and a Burmese artist, is also among the released. ...continue reading

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