Myanmar Supreme Court Rejects Final Appeal of Journalists

Myanmar’s Supereme Court rejected Tuesday an appeal by two Reuters journalists sentenced for seven years on charges reported to their coverage of Rohingya crisis.

“Our appeal was rejected,” defense lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said in an interview for AFP. “They upheld the ruling of the lower court.”

Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December 2017 and accused of breaking Official Secrets Act for reporting on Rohingya crisis, The Guardian report says.

Earlier this year, the journalists have lost another appeal at the Yangon court, report says. Back in September, the two have been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The lengthy trial is criticized for lack of evidence, inconsistent witnesses and one policeman testifying he had been given orders to frame the journalists in a sting operation. The journalists claim their innocence and say the police planted official papers on them at a meeting.

The two have already been in jail for 16 months.

US Vice President Mike Pence has called on Myanamar leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene. However, she refused, arguing that the case has “nothing to do with freedom of expression.”