Myanmar junta pardons 7,000 but not Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's military rulers have marked the country's independence day by pardoning more than 7,000 prisoners. But ousted de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is likely not among them.

Some inmates were released from a prison in Yangon on Wednesday. Others had their jail terms reduced. But sources close to Aung San Suu Kyi tell NHK they have not been informed whether she has been granted amnesty.

At a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the end of British rule, top military general Min Aung Hlaing criticized pro-democracy forces supporting Aung San Suu Kyi. He said the cult of personality has had a harmful impact on bringing the country together.

Aung San Suu Kyi was detained during the February 2021 coup. She has since been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison for incitement, corruption and other charges.

Last month, the UN Security Council called for her release in its first resolution on Myanmar since the coup.