>> Myanmar says its probe of two arrested Reuters journalists is almost finished, and that the next step will be a court case. It's been a week since Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were invited to dine with police officers outside the country's largest city Yangon, and did not return.
Since then, they've been detained with no word on where they're being held, as authorities proceed with an investigation into whether they violated the country's colonial era Official Secrets Act. The two worked on Reuters coverage of a migrant crisis, which has seen an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims flee from a military crack down In the western state of Rakhine.
A spokesperson for leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday, he had been told the police were nearly finished with their investigation and that the pair would then have access to a lawyer and be able to meet their families. A number of governments, human rights, and journalism groups have criticized Myanmar's authorities for holding the pair incommunicado since their arrest.
When asked if police were respecting the journalist's human rights, the spokesperson said officers were told to act only according to the law. Officials say the pair were in good condition in Yangon and that they had not been subject to illegal questioning. The maximum prison sentence they could face is 14 years.