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.

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