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Myanmar releases 53 Thai prisoners from Insein prison

Thai police personnel escort prisoners at the international airport in Bangkok August 25, 2005. More than 50 Thai prisoners were released from Myanmar's Insein prison and flown back to Thailand on Thursday, according to a statement
BANGKOK (TNA) - More than 50 Thai prisoners were released from Myanmar's Insein prison and flown back to Thailand today, according to a statement released today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry's statement said an official at the Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon helped facilitate the repatriation of the 53 prisoners from the notorious prison in Insein, a suburb of the Myanmar capital.

They were flown back to their homeland by Thai Airways International flight TG 304 this morning.

There was no official announcement of the release by the military junta in Yangon.

In the past Thai prisoners held in Myanmar jails were held mainly on charges of illegally encroaching on the Myanmar territory for fishing or logging.

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