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Penny Wong condemns court ruling against Sean Turnell in Myanmar

The foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, has condemned the sentencing of Australian academic Sean Turnell to three years in prison in Myanmar – and the secrecy around the case.

Turnell, who had been charged with violating Myanmar’s official secrets act, served as an economic adviser to the deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Wong said:

The Australian government rejects today’s court ruling in Myanmar against Australian Professor Sean Turnell and calls for his immediate release.

Professor Turnell was tried in a closed court. Australia’s Chargé d’Affaires and consular officials in Myanmar made every effort to attend the verdict but were denied access to the court.

The Australian government has consistently rejected the charges against Professor Turnell during the more than 19…

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