Burma Times Correspondent: June 23, 2015
27 migrants rescued from a migrant boat have been released by the government and transported to their home in the Akyab region.
This has raised fears that 35 others, still imprisoned at Taimbru could be prosecuted as traffickers according to previous statements made by government authorities.
On May 22, the Burmese navy made its first rescue and claimed all 208 passengers on board were Bangladeshis. Around 150 migrants identified as Rohingyas were whisked away before the media and the UN arrived on the scene. An investigation by Reuters however confirmed that even out of the 208 migrants, at least 8 have confessed to be Rohingyas.
The authorities then back tracked from there earlier statement and said 200 were Bangladeshis. The authorities then prepared grounds to prosecute the eight Rohingyas as traffickers while maintaining that all passengers were indeed Bangladeshis.
Later the Bangladesh government agreed to take 150 of the migrants as their nationals. 50 were left behind. Now 27 have been released while the fate of 35 others remain undecided.