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Amal Clooney calls on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters reporters

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By ITN News Editor September 29, 2018 12:43

Amal Clooney calls on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters reporters

The families of two Reuters reporters imprisoned in Myanmar have asked for a pardon, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney told a press freedom event at the United Nations as she pressed the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to agree.Clooney is a member of the legal team representing Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who were convicted earlier this month under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison.

She said the reporters’ wives wrote “a really heartfelt letter” to the government about a week ago pleading for a pardon, not because their husbands had done anything wrong, but because it was it would allow them to be released from prison.

She said Myanmar’s President Win Myint would make the decision to issue a pardon in consultation with Suu Kyi.

In a message to Suu Kyi, Clooney told Reuters: “You fought for so many years to be freed from the same prison where they now sit and now you have the power to actually remedy this injustice today if you wanted to.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 29, 2018 12:43
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