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Nepal Releases 3 Political Prisoners

Human rights activist Krishna Pahadi speaks to the media, after his release, in Katmandu
Nepalese authorities have released a human rights activist, a senior politician and a student leader arrested after King Gyanendra seized absolute power five months ago.

A court official in Kathmandu says human rights activist Krishna Pahadi, Nepali Congress party member Narhari Acharya and student leader Basu Koirala were released Monday.

The king dismissed the government, suspended civil liberties and arrested hundreds of politicians, activists and reporters immediately after the royal takeover on February 1.

Although many restrictions have been eased and the state of emergency lifted on April 29, the media is still under military control and some political activists are still behind bars.

The king says the takeover was necessary because the government was not doing enough to put down the Maoist insurgency and fight widespread corruption.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.