UK calls on Suu Kyi to look into jailed reporters’ case

Published : 09:45, Jan 12, 2019 | Updated : 09:47, Jan 12, 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi. REUTERS/file photoBritain on Friday called on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to look at whether due process was followed in the case of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail in Myanmar.

A Myanmar court earlier on Friday rejected the appeal of the two reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the country's Official Secrets Act, saying the defence had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.

Detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo leave Insein court after listening to the verdict in Yangon, Myanmar September 3, 2018. REUTERS"We are very worried about due process in this case," British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told BBC radio when asked about the case.

People march to show solidarity for jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo two days before a local court is due to deliver verdict against them on charges of breaching the country`s Official Secrets Act in Yangon, Myanmar, September 1, 2018. REUTERS"We urge Aung San Suu Kyi to look at whether that due process happened and to recognise that, as someone who fought for democracy in Burma, she should be taking a personalinterest in the future of these two brave journalists."