January 11, 2019 / 8:47 AM / in 4 months

UK calls on Myanmar's Suu Kyi to take personal interest in case of jailed Reuters reporters

FILE PHOTO: Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the joint news conference of the Japan-Mekong Summit Meeting at the Akasaka Palace State Guest House in Tokyo, Japan October 9, 2018. Franck Robichon/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Friday called on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to look at whether due process was followed in the case of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail in Myanmar.

A Myanmar court earlier on Friday rejected the appeal of the two reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the country’s Official Secrets Act, saying the defense had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.

“We are very worried about due process in this case,” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told BBC radio when asked about the case.

“We urge Aung San Suu Kyi to look at whether that due process happened and to recognize that, as someone who fought for democracy in Burma, she should be taking a personal interest in the future of these two brave journalists.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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