Crime rises after amnesty

A man who was released from prison on July 30 in one of President Thein Sein’s several amnesties was arrested for theft in Meiktila, Mandalay Region, the following day, according to the local force.

Following a tip, the police investigated the sale of an allegedly stolen motorbike on July 31. The man, age 27, was found to have stolen the motorbike from a house in Yadanamanaung Ward at 2pm on July 31. The Meiktila Township Police Force has filed a suit against him under section 380/54 of the Penal Code. He was found to have an existing criminal record.

Since he took office in 2010, President Thein Sein granted amnesty for 55 prisoners on May 16, 2011; 241 prisoners on October 11, 2011; 34 on January 2, 2012; 302 on January 13, 2012; 46 on July 3, 2012; 88 on September 17, 2012; several non-political prisoners on November 15, 2012; 69 on April 13, 2013; 23 on May 17, 2013; thousands of prisoners on January 3, 2014; and more than 6,900 prisoners, including Chinese timber smugglers and other criminals, on July 31, 2015.

More than 400 prisoners were released from Obo Prison in Mandalay; more than 500 prisoners from Insein Prison; 144 prisoners from three prisons in western Bago Region; 22 from Hinthada Prison; 220 from various prison and prison camps in Mon State; 29 from Pakokku Prison; 52 from Myeik Prison; 36 from Dawei Prison; 34 from Yamethain Prison; 40 from Loikaw Prison; 66 from Myingyan Prison; 78 from the 4th Mile Toungoo Correctional Department; and 144 from Taungoo Prison.

Crime is said to have become rampant in Yangon soon after the president granted a general amnesty for political prisoners and criminals.