Myanmar journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence | Daily News

Myanmar journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

 The two Reuters journalists Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu leaving Court.
The two Reuters journalists Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu leaving Court.

MYANMAR: A Myanmar judge dismissed an appeal Friday by two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya, dashing slim hopes that the pair could be freed early.

Reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested in Yangon in December 2017 and later jailed for violating the state secrets act, a charge Reuters said was trumped up to muzzle their reporting.

Prosecutors say the two had classified information regarding security operations in Rakhine state, from where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled during an army-led crackdown the United Nations has dubbed “ethnic cleansing”.

Aung Naing, a judge at the Yangon Regional High Court, said Friday the original verdict was “not wrong according to the law” and was a “reasonable decision”.

“The court decides to dismiss the appeal,” he said. Lawyers can now appeal to the Supreme Court in Myanmar, a process that could take an estimated six months.

The reporters’ wives cried after the decision which condemns the pair to continue their stay at Yangon’s notorious Insein prison, where they have been held for the last 13 months. The two men -- who were not present for the decision -- have insisted they were victims of a police set-up, pointing to testimony from a serving officer who said a superior ordered others to entrap them. At the time of the arrest they were probing a massacre of 10 Rohingya.

- AFP


 

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Very well done Your Honour! The next step would be to jail these people who do not have any idea of the atrocities committed by Rohingyas against people of Myanmar! Then promptly deport them and ban them from ever entering Myanmar again. MM

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