Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, reporter jailed by the Reuters agency while investigating a massacre against the Rohingya ethnic minority in Burma, will continue to be imprisoned after a court rejected the appeal on Friday.
Two journalists, detained in Burma to hold military documents
Judge U Aung Naing, responsible for the case, claimed the lack of “sufficient evidence” to release journalists, and for this reason he assured that he maintains the sentence of seven years in prison dictated last September for, according to magistrate, violating the law of official secrets, a rule of the colonial era.
The two journalists detained in Burma against seven years in prison
“I’m very sad,” journalist Kyaw Soe Oo told journalists saying they were waiting for the jailers to leave, where on this occasion the imprisoned journalists were not transferred to hear the court’s decision.
Appeal to the Supreme Court
And Than Zaw Aung, one of the defense lawyers, said that now the next step is to meet the condemned to listen to their “will” and decide whether to make a new appeal to the Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in the country.
Now, then, the lawyers have 60 days to study a new appeal against the sentence and, if you want to carry it forward, the Supreme Court decision will leave the case closed.
“Today’s decision is another injustice among the many things about Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They are imprisoned for one reason: those in power want to silence the truth,” said Stephen J. Adler , director general of the Reuters agency in a statement.
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