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>> Two jailed Reuters reporters accused of possessing secret documents in Myanmar, say they were deprived of sleep and asked if they were spies during police interrogations. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo told reporters on Monday, they'd been questioned every two hours for three straight days following their arrest in December.
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Their lawyer put the allegations to a police witness under cross examination at Yangon court, and what's become a landmark case for press freedom in Asia. He also pressed on claims Kyaw Soe Oo was forced to kneel down on the floor for more than three hours while he was being questioned by investigators.
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One of the attorneys told Reuters the pair suffered mental and and physical torture, and gathering evidence this way was unlawful. The pair face up to 14 years in prison if they're ultimately charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. At the time of their arrest, the reporters were investigating the killings of ten Rohingya Muslim men and boys in Rakhine state, during the military crackdown that's sent 700,000 people fleeing into neighboring Bangladesh.
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Myanmar's government wasn't immediately available for comment following Monday's hearing.