Detained Reuters journalist Wa Lone is escorted by police after a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ann Wang NO RESALES NO ARCHIVES
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A court in Myanmar declined to grant bail Thursday for two Reuters journalists accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as their defense lawyer said information in documents at the center of the case was publicly available.Lawyer Than Zaw Aung said a police witness had accepted during court proceedings that details in documents found in the possession of the reporters when they were arrested had already been published in newspaper reports.Police Major Min Thant, who said he led the team of arresting officers, Thursday submitted what he said were secret documents seized from the two reporters to the district court in Yangon.In response, defense attorney Than Zaw Aung submitted copies of several newspaper articles that he said showed the information in the documents was already in the public domain.At the end of the day's proceedings, the court rejected the defense's application for bail.The court hearing is to determine whether Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo will face charges under the Official Secrets Act.
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