Two jour­nal­ists charged with es­pi­onage

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BANGLADESH: Two Myan­mar pho­tog­ra­phers cov­er­ing the Ro­hingya cri­sis for a Ger­man mag­a­zine have been ar­rested in Bangladesh on sus­pi­cion of es­pi­onage, of­fi­cials said on Fri­day.

Min­za­yar Oo and Hkun Lat were de­tained more than a week ago in the bor­der town of Cox’s Bazar, where about 389,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims have sought refuge since Aug. 25. The pair’s lawyer said they were charged with “false im­per­son­ation” and pro­vid­ing “false in­for­ma­tion” af­ter po­lice ac­cused them of us­ing the cover of tourist visas to enter the coun­try, in­stead of jour­nal­ist visas. Po­lice chief Ran­jit Ku­mar Barua said they were also “pri­mar­ily ac­cused of es­pi­onage.”

“They were col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion on the Ro­hingya for Myan­mar,” he claimed.

Scores of for­eign jour­nal­ists have poured into Bangladesh to cover the Ro­hingya ex­o­dus. Min­za­yar Oo and Hkun Lat ar­rived in Cox’s Bazar in early Septem­ber on as­sign­ment for Ham­burg-based mag­a­zine Geo to cover the refugee cri­sis, which has strained re­la­tions be­tween Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Bangladesh and Myan­mar.

Their ar­rest was an­nounced on Wed­nes­day and a court on Thurs­day re­jected a bail plea, their Bangladeshi lawyer Jy­otir­moy Barua told AFP. He said Min­za­yar Oo was “an award win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher whose work was pub­lished in re­puted dailies and mag­a­zines in­clud­ing the New York Times, Guardian and Na­tional Geo­graphic.” — AFP

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