Polish journalist detained in Myanmar released

Polish photojournalist Robert Bociaga was released on Wednesday after 13 days in detention in Myanmar, the AFP agency reported.

Bociaga, who covered pro-democracy protests in the region for, among others, the German Press Agency (dpa) and CNN, is to be expelled from the country.

The 29-year-old journalist said that during his arrest in Taungyi, Shan state, on March 11, Burmese military did not notice that he was a foreigner and began beating him with plastic truncheons. However, he admitted that in detention he was treated better than the Burmese.

"I feel well," said the freelance photojournalist. "I am very happy that I have been released, but sad that I have to leave Myanmar."

He returned to Rangoon on Wednesday evening local time and is under the supervision of immigration services until he leaves the country on Thursday.

Bociaga himself told the agency about his release, adding that he had to pay a fine of 200,000 MMK (approx. EUR 120 ).