YANGON (Reuters) – A Myanmar policeman who told a court last year how officers planted secret documents on two Reuters reporters in order to “entrap” them was released from prison on Friday, after being sentenced to a year in jail for violating police discipline.
In widely covered testimony at the trial of journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, Police Captain Moe Yan Naing gave details of the hours leading up to the Dec. 12, 2017 arrest of the Reuters reporters and said police had arranged a “set up”.
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Shortly after that court appearance in April, Moe Yan Naing was sentenced to prison for violating the Police Disciplinary Act by having previously spoken to Wa Lone. His family was also evicted from their police housing in the capital Naypyitaw.
Moe Yan Naing criticized the law under which he was punished.
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“This police disciplinary law is one of the laws we must amend while we are marching on the path towards democracy,” he told reporters outside Insein prison, on the outskirts of the commercial capital Yangon, after his release.
“This law can cause police much suffering because it is outdated,” he said.
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Police spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe told Reuters at the time of the sentencing Moe Yan Naing had been punished “according to the police disciplinary act” and that his “case has been processed by a police court”, without elaborating.
Police also said at the...
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