Sun, 10 Dec 2023

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - According to a source, detained Australian economist Sean Turnell, who was jailed for three years by a junta-controlled court a few days ago, has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and transferred to Yamethin Prison.

Turnell was one of five people sentenced to three years in prison under the Official Secrets Act by a special court inside the Naypyitaw Detention Centre last Thursday. The others included ousted State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and three members of her cabinet.

According to a source, all but Suu Kyi, still facing trial on seven other charges, were transferred to Yamethin Prison on Friday, a facility located about 55 miles north of Naypyitaw in the Mandalay Region.

Turnell, 58, was also found guilty of violating Section 13(1) of Myanmar's Immigration Act, which deals with illegal entry or overstaying. He was sentenced to three years in prison to be served concurrently with his sentence for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act.

The ruling last week came more than 18 months after all five were detained by the regime that took power on February 1, 2021. Turnell was arrested five days after the coup deposed Suu Kyi's elected government.

The junta released a photo of Turnell receiving a Covid-19 vaccine while being held at Yangon's Insein Prison in July last year.

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