November 18, 2016
The government has no plan to grant a general amnesty as a sign of welcoming the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference as the conference has already started since 31 August, 2016, said Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Aung Soe for Home Affairs at the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday.
The deputy was responding to a question whether the government had a plan to grant an amnesty at the session.
Law offenders are sentenced to prison in accordance with the law for stability and the rule of law of the country but the president has the right to pardon prisoners under Sub-section (a) and (b) of Section 204 of the State Constitution, the deputy minister added.
Moreover, the deputy minister continued to say that the president can also release prisoners under Sub-section (1) of Section 401 of the Criminal Procedure Code either without or on condition that such a released prisoner who commits crime again shall serve both the remaining prison term and the new prison term.
However, as the union peace conference has already started since 31 August, it is too late to welcome it and the government has no plan to grant an amnesty, according to the deputy minister.
In response to another question, the deputy minister said that application for permit to organize events like literary talks and preaching will not be lengthy process after the third amendment bill for The Ward or Village- tract Administration Law has been approved.
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar