Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence | Bangkok Post: news - News Summed Up

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence | Bangkok Post: news


Reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested in Rangoon in December 2017 and later jailed for violating the state secrets act, a charge Reuters said was trumped up to muzzle their reporting. "I feel really sad that what we hoped for did not happen," a stone-faced Chit Su Win, who is married to Kyaw Soe Oo, told reporters outside the court. UN investigators have called for top generals to be investigated for genocide and singled out civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for criticism for failing to stop the crackdown. The legal team can lodge an appeal with Myanmar's Supreme Court but some see a presidential pardon as another way out, even though the president Win Myint is a Suu Kyi loyalist. Reacting to the verdict outside the court the European Union ambassador to Myanmar Kristian Schmidt said he looked to the president to "correct" the injustice.


Source: Bangkok Post January 11, 2019 09:11 UTC



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