American journalist Danny Finster, who was arrested in Myanmar and sentenced to 11 years in prison just a few days ago, was suddenly released. Former US diplomat Bill Richardson announced on Monday. “Danny and the Richardson team will make their long journey home via Qatar in the next day and a half and look forward to reuniting Danny with his parents Buddy and Rose and brother Brian in the United States,” a statement read.
Richardson, who also acted as a mediator in the hostage-taking, met the head of the junta, Min Aung Hlaing, a few days ago in Myanmar. The statement said Windu’s release was secured through a “special humanitarian visit” by Richardson to the crisis country and personal negotiations with General Min Aung Hlaing.
Finster, a lead editor for the English-language magazine Frontier Myanmar, was arrested at Yangon airport in late May before the flight to the United States. Since then, he has been in Insein Prison in Yangon’s largest city, which is famous for its torture methods. (apa, dpa)
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