34 Suu Kyi Supporters In City Wait For Freedom

(TIMESOFINDIA)

It is freedom, at last, for Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. But for 34 Myanmarese languishing in city's Presidency jail, freedom seems to be a far cry even as there is no case pending against them.

These prisoners, who are Suu Kyi sympathizers, have been in jail since 1998, when they were arrested for wading into Indian waters at Andaman and charged with carrying arms and explosives.

""The prisoners are seeking asylum in India and their application has been forwarded to the Centre. Now, the ministry of external affairs is to decide on the issue,"" said B D Sharma, ADG (jails).

Stating that the prisoners had no travel documents, a state government official added, ""Without MEA consent, they cannot be released. As the Centre now has good terms with the Myanmar junta government, MEA is not keen on providing them asylum."" Incidentally, US president Barak Obama, too, had criticized the Indian last week for being silent on Myanmar.