Saturday, June 14, 2014

Eleven Media CEO to testify for Unity Journal defence

Eleven Media CEO Dr Than Htut Aung will on Tuesday testify as defence witness for four reporters and the head of Unity Journal involving in the alleged chemical weapons factory report.

Well-known journalist Po Thauk Kyar is also the other defence witness. The two are scheduled to take the stand at the 14th hearing of the Pakkoku District Court to defend the five charged for violating the Official Secrets Act.

The case came to light after the publication of Unity Journal report on No 24 Defence Equipment Factory in Pauk Township, Magway Region.

Lt Colonel Kyaw Kyaw Oo, head of the factory’s administration department, filed a complaint against the five at Pauk Township police station. This led the police to detain the five on the first week of February.

The trial commenced on February 14.

The prosecution summoned 40 witnesses before cutting the witness list to 29 at the 9th court hearing.

Prosecution witnesses include Kyaw Kyaw Oo, Police deputy superintendent Maung Maung Than and a case officer from Nay Pyi Taw special branch.  

Following the defence and prosecution arguments at the 10th court hearing, the presiding judge approved the continuation of charges for violating state secrets.

The defence subsequently started to call witnesses.

In the previous two sessions, the 12th and 13th, the court heard statements from five defence witnesses who are residents living near the factory.

In one of the litigation issues, the defence contends that there was no sign banning the access to the factory.

Citing statements of factory staff and security guards, the prosecution has claimed about the sign posted to warn against trespass.

____ EMG
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