The releases were another indication the regime of President Kamuzu Banda may be bending to Western pressure to improve its human rights conditions.
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LUSAKA (AP) - Eleven political prisoners, including Aleke Banda, a former Cabinet minister jailed for 12 years, and the trade union leader Chakufwa Chihana, have been freed in Malawi, diplomats and other sources said yesterday. A judge granted bail to Mr Chihana on Friday. He was held overnight but released yesterday, his lawyer, Bazuka Mhango, said.