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Since January, the Yangon tribunal has been conducting preliminary trials to determine whether Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, should be indicted under the State Secrecy of the Colonies Act, which provides for a 14-year jail sentence.
Since January, the Yangon tribunal has been conducting preliminary trials to determine whether Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, should be indicted under the State Secrecy of the Colonies Act, which provides for a 14-year jail sentence. When accusations are made against the reporter, the case would move into the stage where defenders would subpoena their witness before the judges reach a ruling, a case that is likely to take several months, say lawyers.
When the court drop the charge and dismiss the case, the journalists are freed after almost seven month in custody. The Myanmar spokesperson Zaw Htay has refused to speak throughout the case as Myanmar's tribunals are fully autonomous and the case would be brought under the Act. When they were arrested in December, the journalists had been working on an inquiry into the murder of 10 Muslim Rohingya men and young men in a small town in the West Burmese state of Rakhine.
Journalists have reported that they were almost immediately apprehended after being curled up in a Yangon restaurants by two police officers they had not known. Police captain Moe Yan Naing said in April that a high-ranking official had ordered his subjects to place the document on Wa Lone to "catch" the report.
Moe Yan Naing was condemned to one year in prison after appearing in the courtroom for talking to Wa Lone, and his wife and daughter were expelled by the cops. Authors, the media and defenders of fundamental freedoms around the globe have gathered on account of the detained journalists, with the United Nations and several West European nations demanding their free.