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Statement from Doughty Street and Amal on Reuters journalists

Post by party animal - not! on Fri 20 Apr 2018, 21:05

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Detained Reuters Journalists in Myanmar Should be Released
20.04.18 | 
Amal Clooney
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Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have now been in prison in Yangon for over four months. Their arrest and prosecution are part of a crackdown on freedom of the press in Myanmar intended to silence reporting on the crimes committed against Rohingyas. The journalists are young Buddhists who have done nothing to harm the state. Yet they face a sham trial for possessing “official secrets” and may be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison.
 
Today in court one of the prosecution’s own witnesses admitted that the arrest was a “trap” in stunning testimony that drew gasps from those in the courtroom. The witness, a police captain, gave evidence that brigadier Tin Ko Ko ordered police to arrange a meeting with Wa Lone to hand over “secret documents” that would set up an arrest moments later. According to the witness, the brigadier gave the documents to a junior police officer, instructed him to give them to Wa Lone in a restaurant and told him that when Wa Lone came out the “regional police force has to entrap him and arrest him”. The brigadier also “told the police members, ‘if you don’t get Wa Lone, you will go to jail’”.
 
It is now clear to any impartial observer that this case is a bungled attempt to entrap two innocent young men. The US, UK, Canada, the UN and the European Union have already demanded the journalists’ release, and further action may follow if the case is not resolved. 
 
Silencing critics through false arrests and arbitrary detention flies in the face of Myanmar’s professed dedication to the rule of law and free speech, and risks lasting damage to the country’s reputation and economy. But the truthful testimony of a brave witness is a step in the right direction. The prosecution should now drop the case immediately or, failing that, the district court judge should dismiss it. If this does not happen, it will be the responsibility of the government to grant an amnesty. 
 
Amal Clooney
Counsel for Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo and Reuters 


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Re: Statement from Doughty Street and Amal on Reuters journalists

Post by LizzyNY on Fri 20 Apr 2018, 23:17

With Amal in NY, it's obvious there are other lawyers defending the case in court in Myanmar. Are they Doughty Street affiliates? I wonder what part Amal plays in the defense and why she was the one to write this press release.
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Re: Statement from Doughty Street and Amal on Reuters journalists

Post by party animal - not! on Sat 21 Apr 2018, 00:42

Pretty sure the answer to that Lizzy is that she is still a barrister at Doughty Street and that she has been retained by Thompson Reuters' own legal team who are based at the head office is in NYC

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 08 Jul 2018, 11:59

A ruling by the judge on continuing the case is due tomorrow

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