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Myanmar frees political prisoners

Protesters across the globe have demanded Aung San Suu Kyi's release.
Protesters across the globe have demanded Aung San Suu Kyi's release.

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(CNN) -- Myanmar's military government says it has released 91 political prisoners arrested two months ago over a clash between supporters of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and government backers.

But Aung San Suu Kyi, who heads the National League for Democracy (NLD) and was also detained in the May 30 incident, is still under detention and her whereabouts remain unclear.

Military intelligence sources told CNN the government released the 91 members of the NLD on Tuesday.

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with a senior envoy from Myanmar, voicing his concern about Aung San Suu Kyi's safety and well-being. He also called on the government to meet with her.

World leaders, including the United States, have been calling for Aung San Suu Kyi's release.

Myanmar's government has said she is in "protective custody" for her own safety.

The political dissident, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has spent much of the last 15 years under house arrest.

Myanmar's ruling junta had her confined to her home from 1989 to 1995 and again from September 2000 until May 2002.

Last month, the British Foreign Office disclosed that Aung San Suu Kyi was being held in a two-room hut at the notorious Insein Jail, just outside of the capital Yangon, apparently still wearing the clothes she wore when she was taken into custody.

The office said she is being detained under the "most draconian" of the country's military laws.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy scored a landslide victory in a 1990 general election, but the country's military government refused to let it take power.

-- From CNN Producer Narunart Prapanya

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