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September 03, 1986

More than 100 political prisoners have been freed so far under an amnesty by the Polish government that went into effect in July 23, the government said. Spokesman Jerzy Urban told a Warsaw news conference that the amnesty could be extended past Sept. 15, when local courts and prosecutors are scheduled to finish reviewing cases of prisoners eligible for release. As of Sunday, 103 political prisoners had been freed, Urban said. The government has said there were 189 political prisoners before the amnesty. However, opposition sources put the pre-amnesty figure for political prisoners at 350.

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