Australian academic Sean Turnell, who is on trial in Myanmar along with ousted Aung San Suu Kyi, has testified for the first time although details are not being released.
Australian academic detained in Myanmar testifies at trial
An Australian academic who is being tried with ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of violating the country’s official secrets law testified in court for the first time on Thursday, a legal official said.
Sean Turnell, an economist at Sydney’s Macquarie University, had served as an adviser to Suu Kyi, who was arrested when her elected government was ousted by the army on February 1 last year.
He was arrested five days later and is now being held in the main prison in Naypyitaw, the capital, as is Suu Kyi. Three of Suu Kyi’s former Cabinet members are being tried with them in a special court at the prison.
A legal official familiar with Thursday’s proceedings said Turnell denied the allegations against him and pleaded not guilty.