Since Myanmar's government is attempting to end its decades-old conflicts, I wrote last week, it seemed counter-productive that authorities recently sentenced a key rebel leader to life in prison.
Turns out the man charged with "high treason" -- a senior leader named Nyein Maung with the armed Karen ethnic group -- is already free under a presidential decree, according to the AP.
In last week's post, I reasoned that the leader's immediate release "would posit the leader of Burma's reform bonanza -- President Thein Sein -- as a compassionate voice of reason and perhaps help nudge the negotiations forward. It's a good cop, bad cop routine."
It will be interesting to see if this judicial about-face nudges forward peace talks to end the world's longest-running civil war.