Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who was arrested in Myanmar, is seen in this June 1, 2015 photo. Picture taken August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Myanmar's civilian President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has authorized the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act, a senior government spokesman said."The Ministry of Home Affairs has already submitted the case to the Office of the President," Zaw Htay, spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi, said by phone late on Sunday. He added that the president's office had given approval for the case to go ahead.Approval from the president's office is needed before court proceedings can begin in a case brought under the Official Secrets Act.Zaw Htay said the journalists' legal rights were being respected.Although an NLD-led civilian government took office in April last year the police and home ministry, which are driving the case, remain under the control of the military.Win Htein, another senior figure in the NLD, who was also critical of the journalists' detention, suggested they had probably been set up by the police. Lieutenant Colonel Myint Htwe and a second senior officer, Lieutenant Colonel Min Han of the Criminal Investigation Department, said on Monday they did not know where the journalists were being held.
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