Yangon: A top court in Myanmar has rejected the appeal of two Reuters journalists on Friday. They were charged by breaking the Official Secrets Act. The court said that the two were not able to prove themselves innocent. Court has maintained the seven-year prison terms they were sentenced to last year.
Kaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone were the two Reuters journalists who brought the plight of Rohingya muslims before the world. They also highlighted the inhumane conditions prevailing in Myanmar, a country that claims to be democratic.
They were arrested on 12 December 2017 in capital Yangon, immediately after having a meal to which police officers had invited them.
Aung Naing, the High Court Judgewhile talking about the journalists to media said, "It was a suitable punishment," reports Reuters. The duo have still got another option- they can appeal in the Supreme Court.
Judge Naing said that lawyers for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo failed to submit enough evidence to prove their innocence.
According to Khine Khine Soe, who represents the government's side said that they have evidence that the journalists were in possession of governments confidential documents. Soe said that the documents could pose threat to the national security of Myanmar.
According to their supporters, they were framed by police because of official displeasure over their reporting on the brutal crackdown by security forces on minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state.