(In April 21 story, this corrected model provides dropped phrase “democracy” in paragraph eight.)
FILE PHOTO: Detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo arrive at Insein court docket in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 27, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Picture
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s Supreme Court docket will rule on Tuesday on an attraction of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets and techniques legislation, in a case that has raised questions concerning the nation’s transition to democracy.
Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have spent greater than 16 months in detention since they have been arrested in December 2017 whereas engaged on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim males throughout a navy crackdown within the western a part of the nation.
The Supreme Court docket, the best court docket in Myanmar, listed the journalists’ case on its web site and Fb web page on Saturday.
The federal government has mentioned they’d been present in possession of secret paperwork that might have harmed nationwide safety.
Outlining their grounds of attraction in March, the reporters’ lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, cited lack of proof of a criminal offense and proof that the pair have been arrange by police. A policeman advised a decrease court docket final yr that officers had planted secret paperwork on the 2 reporters.
A district court docket decide in Yangon discovered the 2 journalists responsible underneath the Official Secrets and techniques Act final September and sentenced them to seven years in jail. The Yangon Excessive Court docket rejected an earlier attraction in January.
Each males are separated from younger households. Wa Lone’s spouse, Panei Mon, gave beginning to their first baby final yr.
The reporters’ imprisonment has sparked an outcry from press freedom advocates, Western diplomats, and world leaders, including to strain on Myanmar chief Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate who took energy in 2016 amid a transition to democracy from navy rule.
The investigation that the journalists have been engaged on was accomplished by colleagues and printed in 2018. Final week it was awarded the Pulitzer prize for worldwide reporting.
Reporting by Thu Thu Aung; Enhancing by Edwina Gibbs