NZ Gov­ern­ment help­ing man im­pris­oned in In­sein jail

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // NEWS -

The New Zealand gov­ern­ment has been work­ing be­hind the scenes to help a New Zealan­der, Philip Black­wood, im­pris­oned in Myan­mar for in­sult­ing re­li­gion, Ra­dio New Zealand re­ported on 22 Novem­ber.

The sta­tion quoted Prime Min­is­ter John Key as say­ing it was a tricky sit­u­a­tion be­cause Myan­mar’s gov­ern­ment did not take kindly to other coun­tries in­ter­fer­ing,

“We have been do­ing some work on it, we have been look­ing at it and we have been deal­ing with it. . . I know the fa­ther of the gen­tle­man in ques­tion is of the view the gov­ern­ment isn’t do­ing things, but what I would say is we are, but we’re try­ing to do it in a way that doesn’t make it worse for his son.”

Mr Black­wood and two of his Myan­mar col­leagues were sen­tenced in March to two-and-a-half years’ jail with hard labour for us­ing an im­age of Bud­dha to pro­mote a cheap drinks night at the bar he man­aged.

(Mizzima)

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