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Sun Aug 26, 2018, 10:25 PM

Verdict in trial of Reuters reporters in Myanmar postponed until Sep 3

Last edited Sun Aug 26, 2018, 11:04 PM - Edit history (1)

Source: Reuters

poor health of court official

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-journalists/verdict-in-case-against-reuters-journalists-in-myanmar-postponed-to-september-3-idUSKCN1LC080?il=0

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Reply Verdict in trial of Reuters reporters in Myanmar postponed until Sep 3 (Original post)
rpannier Aug 2018 OP
Princess Turandot Aug 2018 #1

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Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:41 AM

1. Their 'crime' appears to have been a set-up/payback...

I hope they're acquitted, but I'm relieved that the max sentence is 14 years in prison - as bad as that is - not being executed.

From the article:
The Reuters reporters are accused of breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, by collecting documents relating to the country’s security forces.

They told the court during their trial that two police officials handed them papers at a north Yangon restaurant moments before other officers arrested them last December.

One police witness testified the restaurant meeting was a set-up to entrap the journalists to block or punish them for their reporting of a mass killing of Rohingya and other abuses involving soldiers and police in Inn Din, a village in Rakhine.
But the military acknowledged the killing of the 10 Rohingya men and boys at Inn Din after arresting the Reuters reporters. In April the military said seven soldiers had been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor for their part in the killings.

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