CM – Australian adviser to Suu Kyi appears in junta court in Myanmar

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Agence France-Presse. Rangoon |

Published: 18:46, 23.09.2021

This photo from the Myanmar State News Agency, taken on July 28, 2021 and received on July 29, shows Sean Turnell, an imprisoned Australian adviser to Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is being vaccinated against Covid-19 at Insein Prison in Rangoon. – AFP photo

An Australian adviser to Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in a junta court to face immigration and official secrecy charges, a lawyer involved in the case said Thursday.

Sean Turnell, professor at Macquarie University, was the first foreigner arrested after the February 1 coup that ousted Suu Kyi’s government and sparked huge protests.

Turnell has been in Insein Prison in Yangon and since his arrest appeared « frail and tired » in court in the capital, Naypyidaw, said lawyer Khin Maung Zaw, who works on the case.

In July, his wife pleaded for his release, citing concerns for his health as the country is unifying Suffered increase in Covid-19 cases.

The exact details of his alleged crime were not released, despite state television saying he had access to « classified government financial information » and h abe tries to flee the country.

The judge who will hear Turnell’s case, Ye Lwin, opened the trial of two Reuters journalists who were arrested for alleging a massacre of 10 Rohingya- Muslims in the conflict-ridden state of Rakhine reported.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were later sentenced to seven years in prison, which sparked an international outcry.

David Mathieson, a former Myanmar-based analyst, said the case was against Turnell will be little more than a “show trial.”

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military coup that sparked a mass uprising and brutal crackdown on dissent.

Suu Kyi is on trial for a range of crimes , including illegal import of walkie talkies, disregard of coronavirus rules, and incitement.

Your National League for Democracy government was voted yes by the military over alleged polling fraud Released in 2020, defeating a political party allied with the generals.

According to a local surveillance group, security forces have killed more than 1,100 civilians since the coup.

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