Australian Adviser To Myanmar's Suu Kyi Appears In Junta Court
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Thu 23rd September 2021 | 02:52 PM
An Australian adviser to Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in a junta court to face immigration and official secrets charges, a lawyer involved in the case said Thursday
Yangon, Sept 23 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Sep, 2021 ) :An Australian adviser to Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in a junta court to face immigration and official secrets charges, a lawyer involved in the case said Thursday.
Turnell was wearing a "full Covid-19 protective outfit", the lawyer added, without giving precise details.
Pictures of Turnell allegedly receiving a vaccine in Insein Prison later appeared in state-run media.
The exact details of his alleged offence have not been made public, though state television has said he had access to "secret state financial information" and had tried to flee the country.
The judge who will hear Turnell's case, Ye Lwin, presided over the trial of two Reuters journalists arrested while reporting on a September 2017 massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims in conflict-hit Rakhine state.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were later sentenced to seven years in jail, sparking an international outcry.
The pair were freed 16 months later in an amnesty.
David Mathieson, an analyst formerly based in Myanmar, said the proceedings against Turnell would be little more than a "show trial".
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military putsch, which sparked a mass uprising and a brutal crackdown on dissent.
Suu Kyi is on trial for a raft of offences, including illegally importing walkie-talkies, flouting coronavirus rules and incitement.
She faces decades in prison if found guilty.
Security forces have killed more than 1,100 civilians since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.
The military says the toll is much lower.