Myan­mar court re­jects ap­peal by jailed Reuters re­porters

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YAN­GON, (Reuters) - A Myan­mar court on Fri­day re­jected the ap­peal of two Reuters re­porters sen­tenced to seven years in jail on charges of break­ing the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act, say­ing the de­fence had not pro­vided suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to show they were in­no­cent.

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were con­victed by a lower court in Septem­ber in a land­mark case that has raised ques­tions about Myan­mar’s progress to­wards democ­racy and sparked an out­cry from diplo­mats and hu­man rights ad­vo­cates. “It was a suitable pun­ish­ment,” said High Court Judge Aung Naing, re­fer­ring to the seven-year prison term meted out by the lower court.

The de­fence has the op­tion of mak­ing a fur­ther ap­peal to the coun­try’s supreme court, based in the cap­i­tal Naypy­itaw.

“To­day’s rul­ing is yet an­other in­jus­tice among many in­flicted upon Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They re­main be­hind bars for one rea­son: those in power sought to si­lence the truth,” Reuters Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said in a state­ment.

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