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Australian Sean Turnell charged, will face military tribunal

The junta today finally confirmed that it is to prosecute Sean Turnell, an Australian economist and advisor to the NLD administration.

Turnell was today charged under Section 3(1)(c) of the Official State Secrets Act by a military tribunal in Naypyidaw.

The Zabuthiri “special” court also charged former State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD Minister for Planning and Finance Soe Win, Deputy Minister for Management, Finance and Industry Set Aung, and former Minister of Planning and Finance Kyaw Win for aiding and abetting Turnell, according to a source close to the case.

The junta had previously stated that it had discovered incriminating files on Turnell’s laptop, but has not disclosed exact details regarding the contents of said documents.

The defendants say they plan to recall four people to the stand for further questioning, including witnesses for the prosecution.

The economist was detained almost immediately after the Feb. 2021 coup and held for over 15 months before the junta levied charges against him.


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