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Myanmar Supreme Court rejects Reuters journalists' appeal

Image copyrightAFP / Getty CaptionsWa Lone, left and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in prison for more than a year Myanmar's Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of two Reuters journalists detained by allegations related to their Rohingya reports. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years in September in a case sentenced around the world. 1 9659007] They had shown that the state security forces performed 10 Muslim Rohingya during a military operation in 2017. A lower court had dismissed its first appeal before it was brought to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing announced the Supreme Court of Myanmar had reached the same conclusion. "They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands," he said reportedly, without giving details. The couple have been in prison for more than a year to break Myanmar's official home law. Reporters kept "to investigate the dead" Look through the official story of Myanmar They were arrested with official documents handed to them by police. Both keep their innocence and say that the authorities set them up. "I [felt] injured when the court rejected the appeal. I'm very sorry because they weren't what I expected," Chit Suu Win, the wife of Kyaw Soe Oo told the BBC Burmese. "He [Kyaw] and I expected good news." When they were arrested, the two mass destruction of Rohingya, of which hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee from destruction and persecution, investigated in northern Rakhin Province,…

 Wa Lone, left and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture to the camera carrying handcuffs after their arrest in 2018

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Wa Lone, left and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in prison for more than a year

Myanmar’s Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of two Reuters journalists detained by allegations related to their Rohingya reports.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years in September in a case sentenced around the world. 1

9659007] They had shown that the state security forces performed 10 Muslim Rohingya during a military operation in 2017.

A lower court had dismissed its first appeal before it was brought to the Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing announced the Supreme Court of Myanmar had reached the same conclusion.

“They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands,” he said reportedly, without giving details.

The couple have been in prison for more than a year to break Myanmar’s official home law.

  • Reporters kept “to investigate the dead”
  • Look through the official story of Myanmar

They were arrested with official documents handed to them by police. Both keep their innocence and say that the authorities set them up.

“I [felt] injured when the court rejected the appeal. I’m very sorry because they weren’t what I expected,” Chit Suu Win, the wife of Kyaw Soe Oo told the BBC Burmese.

“He [Kyaw] and I expected good news.”

When they were arrested, the two mass destruction of Rohingya, of which hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee from destruction and persecution, investigated in northern Rakhin Province, Myanmar (also called Burma).

The couple’s lawyer said that the verdict had “damaged” the press freedom in the country.

“We are not only sorry for them but for the country’s prestige, for the press freedom,” Khin Maung Zaw told the BBC. “Everyone is hurt by this judgment.”

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Human groups have condemned the case

The UN investigators have requested that topmuana generals be investigated for genocide and criticized the country’s actual leader Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for not stopping the attacks.

The massacre investigated by the reporters is only a Burmese government has acknowledged. Myanmar military – saying its activities are aimed at militant or rebellious threats – had until then insisted that the soldiers did not carry out illegal killing.

What did they investigate?

Wa Lone, 32 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are Myanmar nationals who worked for the International News Agency.

They had gathered evidence of the murder of 10 Rohingya men by the army in the village of Din Din in northern Rakhine in September 2017.

They were arrested before the publication of the report after submitting some documents by two police officers they met in a restaurant for the first time.

A police witness confirmed during the trial that the restaurant meeting was a set to catch the journalists.

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These are men whose deaths Reuters journalists investigated

The final report – a collaboration with other journalists – was considered extraordinary, as it gathered testimonies from a number of participants, including Buddhist villagers who acknowledged that they killed Rohingya Muslims and burned their homes. Accounts from paramilitary police also involved the military directly.

The military had previously released its own investigation into allegations of abuse in Rakhine and liberated itself from erroneous acts despite numerous evidence from Rohingya’s refugees describing atrocities.

The authorities later launched their own probe into the Inn Your murder, confirming that the massacre had taken place and promised to take action against those who had participated.

Seven soldiers were sentenced to prison for their involvement in the murder. The military said the soldiers would earn 10 years of hard work to “contribute and participate in murder”.

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