Myanmar court to hear detained Reuters reporters’ appeal on Tuesday

Supreme court of Myanmar was slated to hear the appeal of two detained Reuters reporters on Tuesday, indicted over alleged violation of secrets laws, a case that has raised questions over Myanmar’s democracy.

In a statement, Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler said, “Myanmar’s Supreme Court has the opportunity to correct the serious miscarriage of justice inflicted on Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for the last 15 months,” according to Reuters news reports.

He added, “They are honest, admirable journalists who did not break the law, and they should be freed as a matter of urgency.”

Reuters reporters Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, and Wa Lone, 32, were arrested in December 2017 in Yangon and later went for jail over violating the state secrets act, which was widely criticized by other countries and human rights organizations.

An apex court of Myanmar had rejected an appeal last year, by two Reuters journalist jailed for seven years convicted of breaking a state secrets act in September.

The has judge said, “The court decides to dismiss the appeal.” He said the defence has not provided enough evidence that the reporters were innocent.

The appeal which was submitted last year has cited a lack of proof of the crime as well as evidence through which police detained the reporters.

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