US Journalist Danny Fenstar was on Friday sentenced to 11 years in prison after he was found guilty on several charges which were involving inciteful alleged false news and inflammatory information.
What Crimes Did He commit?
Danny was also found guilty of making contacts with illegal organizations and faulting visa regulations in the country.
He has been detained since May and he is expected to face more two additional charges in a different court for allegedly violating the counterterrorism law and a statute covering treason and sedition.
detained at Yangon International Airport on May 24 as he was about to board a flight to go to the Detroit area in the United States to see his family.
He is the only foreign journalist to be convicted of a serious crime since the army seized power in February, ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The military-installed government has cracked down hard on press freedom, shutting virtually all critical outlets and arresting about 100 journalists, roughly 30 of whom remain in jail.
Fenster’s next challenge is the two additional charges that his lawyer said Monday had been filed in a different court in Yangon.
Then Zaw Aung said one of the new charges comes under a section of the Counterterrorism Act that is punishable by from 10 years to life in prison.
The military-installed government has said it would apply the law harshly in cases involving opposition organizations it has deemed to be “terrorist.”
The other charge under the penal code is usually referred to as treason or sedition and carries a penalty of seven to 20 years’ imprisonment.
The hearings on the original three charges have been held at the court in Yangon’s Insein Prison, where Fenster is jailed. They were closed to the press and the public. Accounts of the proceedings have come from Fenster’s lawyer.
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