Military leaders are releasing thousands, including an ex-British envoy, a Japanese journalist and an Australian economics adviser from prison, officials and local media say.
Since seizing power, Myanmar's military government has detained thousands of pro-democracy protesters, with many facing charges that rights groups have decried as politically motivated.
Some 1,619 prisoners, including 42 foreigners to be "pardoned" and will be released to mark the Buddhist new year, Myanmar's junta has said.
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