Free Knowledge... From People... To People
Search by Date Myanmar Version Mobile Version
Updated on June 12, 2018 From Mizzima

Reuters journalists mark six months in prison

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo will mark six months in prison on Tuesday as court hearings continue to determine whether they will be charged under Myanmar’s colonial-era Officials Secrets Act.
        Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested on Dec. 12, 2017 and face up to 14 years in prison if found guilty in what has become a landmark case for press freedom in Myanmar.
        At the time of their arrests, they had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Seven soldiers were sentenced to 10 years in prison in April for their part in that killing.
        “I feel that the truth of what we did will come out soon and the court will proceed fairly with justice to our case. I want to say that today is the day that we can put lots of hope for the truth and justice,” Wa Lone told reporters after the hearing last Tuesday on June .
        The reporters have told relatives they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some rolled up papers at a restaurant in northern Yangon by two policemen they had not met before, having been invited to meet the officers for dinner.
        More than 20 hearings have now been held in the case and there will be further hearings on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12.
        Last month, Police Captain Moe Yan Naing testified that a senior officer had ordered his subordinates to plant secret documents on Wa Lone to “trap” the reporter.
        But Police Director General Aung Win Oo has dismissed that testimony as untruthful. Moe Yan Naing has since been jailed for one year for violating police discipline and his family have been evicted from police housing, but police have said the eviction and sentencing were not related to his testimony.
        Last week, a police scientific expert testified that photos of secret documents had been found on the mobile phones of the reporters. But defense lawyers said the information in those documents was not secret and had been in the public domain long before it arrived on their phones.

View Count : 118 | Posted by

~ Latest News ~

Upper Namhtwam hydropower project to benefit Putao residents
Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung attends WTC-2018
YBS 32 to operate new route between Maritime University and Htaukkyant
As demand rises, CarsDB seeks funds for further expansion in Myanmar
Water floods paddy fields in Hintada district
Thai employer sacks 16 Myanmar migrant workers over protest
Four students missing in Kachin State
Yangon Government Chose ASTI for YPS Payment Services
Delegates to NLD’s 2nd Nationwide Conference elected
UNSG’s special envoy holds closed-door meeting with international diplomats in Yangon
Non-stop heavy rain destroys thousands acres plantations in Magway
More migrants return to Myanmar as arrests increase in Thailand
Yangon face squatter related challenges: mayor
Ancient pagodas discovered in Nyaung U
Mottama Holdings Plans Iconic Landmarks To Accentuate Yangon’s Potential
Crop and Land Compensation to be Doled Out Soon for Airport Project
Engage to overcome Myanmar bias against Chinese investments
NLD to hold national confab this weekend
Fourth person accused in Malaysia drug case arrested
Additional charge for Chinese sex workers in illegal Myanmar brothel case
Military chief visits flood-damaged Kyaikthalan Pagoda
Surgical instrument stuck in a patient’s belly for more than 26 years
State Counsellor’s 73rd birthday celebrated nationwide
Mandalay authority grants permission to renovate U Bein Bridge
Partnerships drive iflix’s growth in Myanmar
ANP presents two points in meeting with UNSG’s special envoy to Myanmar
Proposal to conserve natural bird nests to be discussed
Floods affect around 7400 people in Mon State
Myanmar exports over one million ton of rice from Yangon ports
Water flows over Kanyin Dam spillway
Heavy rain causes damage to portions of Myeik-Boakpyin Highway
Old stone statues found in Kyauktaw
Aquaculture production survey slated to end in April 2019
Flash floods expected to hit Mon State
Telenor Offers MBA Scholarships for Myanmar Youths
Mytel Announces Services in Myanmar
NYDC to hold talks on seeking reliable facts about much-criticized Yangon New City Project
Myanmar Port Authority to accept a new Tug Boat
Protesters demand rapid implementation of Yangon-Dala Bridge project
More News