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Reuters reporters file appeal against prison sentence in Myanmar

IANS  |  Yangon 

Two journalists sentenced to seven years in prison for violating Myanmar's while investigating the killing of Rohingya in the country lodged an appeal on Monday.

Than Zaw Aung, a representing the two journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, told news that he filed the appeal at the

According to the lawyer, the journalists have a chance of being released by the court, although he did not rule out going to the if the verdict issued on September 3 is maintained.

The of Reuters, Stephen J. Adler, said in a statement that "in condemning them as spies, it ignored compelling evidence of a police set-up, serious due process violations, and the prosecution's failure to prove any of the key elements of the crime",

Adler also urged "to uphold its stated dedication to rule of law, freedom of the press, and democracy by ordering the release of our colleagues",

and were arrested on the night of December 12, 2017, in possession of confidential documents which, according to them, had just been handed over by two police officers whom they had met.

The reporters were investigating a massacre of the Rohingya minority in the village of in Rakhine state.

Authorities accused them both, under the Secrets Act, of having obtained secret documents about the military operation in Rakhine, which the had launched following the series of attacks by an insurgent Rohingya group against border posts on August 25, 2017.

Around 725,000 Rohingya fled to following the violent military offensive in which UN investigators found elements of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.



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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 14:28 IST