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How two reporters were punished for uncovering an atrocity

In a Burmese court, the defense’s ability to punch holes in the case was not enough to stop Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from being sentenced to seven years in prison after they investigated the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim villagers

By John Chalmers  /  Reuters, YANGON, MYANMAR

Nevertheless, Judge Ye Lwin declared he was credible.

The captain returned to court two weeks later — this time in shackles and wearing a dark blue prison uniform — to give further testimony.

Police Lance Corporal Naing Lin, who met the reporters in the restaurant moments before they were arrested, contradicted Moe Yan Naing’s account of a setup operation.

Naing Lin denied giving the Reuters reporters secret documents to incriminate them. He also denied calling Wa Lone to invite him to a meeting on Dec. 12.

However, the defense lawyer said phone records showed that Naing Lin had called the journalist three times that day.

In the end, the defense’s ability to punch holes in the prosecution’s case proved to be insufficient ammunition.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo’s exposure of atrocities against a despised minority put them on a collision course with Aung San Suu Kyi, the generals and their nation’s Buddhist majority.

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