Vietnam to free more than 10,000 prisoners

Vietnam is expected to release more than 10,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty to mark the country’s Independence Day, an official said today.

Vietnam is expected to release more than 10,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty to mark the country’s Independence Day, an official said today.

A list of prisoners is being examined before it is submitted to President Tran Duc Luong, said prisons department deputy chief Ta Xuan Binh.

The inmates to be released include some foreigners and some who were imprisoned for encroaching on national security, he said. Binh declined to give details.

International human rights groups have criticised Vietnam for jailing political and religious dissidents, but Hanoi maintained that only law breakers were imprisoned.

The late President Ho Chi Minh declared independence from the French 60 years ago on September 2.

Vietnam has released nearly 25,000 prisoners in the past year to mark major events, including the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon on April 30.

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