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Perth journalist granted pardon by Burma junta over drug charges, released from prison



Former Perth journalist Ross Dunkley has been released after serving three years of a 13-year drug sentence in a Burma jail.

Dunkley, 63, was released today after receiving a pardon from Burma’s military junta.

He is believed to be among 23,047 other inmates, including 163 foreigners, to be pardoned.

Dunkley — the co-founder of the Myanmar Times — was convicted of drug offences in 2019 after Burmese police found heroin, crystal meth and marijuana in his Yangon home in 2018.

Camera IconRoss Dunkley, centre, founder and editor of Myanmar English journal “The Myanmar Times,” reads a newspaper at the Kamayut township court after a hearing at a court in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, March. 29, 2011. Credit: Khin Maung Win/AP
A protester holds a placard with an image of Burma military Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and ‘Justice For Myanmar’ as fellow protesters march around Mandalay, Burma on Monday, February 8, 2021.
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