A junta court ruled the ousted State Counselor, her adviser Sean Turnell and three others violated the Official Secrets Act. Turnell still faces an immigration charge.
Five National League for Democracy figures, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, are on trial over what Australian adviser Sean Turnell says were economic recommendations.
The regime said it would mirror Australia’s decision to replace its ambassador to Myanmar with a chargé d’affaires.
The new head of the Australian Embassy will only carry the title “chargé d’affaires” instead of ambassador.
In an interview with The Irrawaddy, Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd also said the Myanmar resistance could learn some lessons from Ukraine’s effort to rally international support.
The National Unity Government’s foreign ministry has asked other countries to provide asylum to armed forces personnel who flee the junta.
Groups assisting defectors say they have seen a spike in interest since reports emerged that Australia is granting asylum to those who quit Myanmar’s brutal armed forces.
Prime Minister Hun Sen wrongly claimed on Monday that Sean Turnell, a key advisor to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, had been released from prison.
The petroleum giant attributed the move to Myanmar’s ‘deteriorating human rights situation’; it follows last week’s exit announcements from Total and Chevron.
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, her Australian advisor Sean Turnell and three ousted ministers are accused of breaching the Official Secret Act.