> A Reuters report on trial in Myanmar told the Court Tuesday he had his head covered with a black hood, was deprived of sleep and forced to kneel for hours during secret police interrogation. Kyaw Soe Oo was arrested last year with his colleague Wa Lone who made similar allegations a week ago.
The reporters are accused of obtaining secret state documents. They say those papers were planted on them by a police officer as a trap, and that officers showed no interest in them during the interrogation. Focusing instead on the pair’s reporting of a massacre of Rohingya Muslims. Prosecutors say the two were detained during a routine traffic stop when the papers were found on them.
The officer in charge of the police station where the reporters were being held has denied allegations of mistreatment saying the officers were not allowed to do such a thing. At the time of their arrest Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone were working on an investigation into the killing of ten Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in Myanmar's Rakhine's State.
That event took place during a military crackdown. UN agencies say it led to more than 700,000 Rohingya fleeing over the border to Bangladesh last year. Wa Lone told the court last week that an officer offered a negotiation over their arrest if they agreed not to publish the massacre story.