Police officer denies Reuters Journalists set up

17 May 2018
Police officer denies Reuters Journalists set up
Detained Reuters journalists are escorted by police as they arrive at the court for their trial in Yangon on 16 May 2018. Photo: Thura/Mizzima

According to a Reuters report, a Myanmar police officer told a court on Wednesday he met two Reuters reporters on the night of their arrest in December, but denied giving them secret documents to incriminate them.
His testimony contradicted a previous witness who last week said police had “set up” the pair.
“During my meeting with Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, I didn’t take anything from them and I didn’t give anything to them,” Police Lance Corporal Naing Lin told Judge Ye Lwin, overseeing the hearing at a court in Yangon, the report quoted him as saying.
The previous witness had told the court a police chief ordered Naing Lin and another policeman to give “secret” documents to Wa Lone in an operation to entrap him.