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Myanmar's top court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists

By Shoon Naing and Simon Lewis

 

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FILE PHOTO: Detained Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone are escorted by police as they leave after a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo

 

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar's top court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questions about the country's transition to democracy.

 

"They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands, and the appeal is rejected," Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing told a court in the capital, Naypyitaw, without elaborating.

 

(Reporting by Shoon Naing and Simon Lewis; Editing by Neil Fullick)

 

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