Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Australian journalist Dunkley denies all charges against him

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 19:49 Myo Thein

Mizzima – Australian journalist Ross Dunkely, the cofounder of the Myanmar Times and former chief executive officer, denied all criminal charges and immigration violations against him on Tuesday during a hearing at the Kamayut Township Court in Rangoon.

Myanmar Times editor Ross Dunkley
leaves the hearing on Tuesday in
which he denied all criminal charges
and immigration violations against him.
Another hearing is scheduled for
Thursday. Photo: Mizzima
In the hearing, in response to questions by the government lawyer, Dunkley admitted that he took the female plaintiff, Khaing Zar Lin, to his home on January 19, but he said he did not commit any offenses.

In the hearing, he testified that he did not give Khaing Zar Lin drugs in his home and he did not assault her. He also told the court that he did not violate the Emergency Immigration Act of 1947.

During the one-hour hearing, Myanmar Times Editor-in-Chief Zaw Myint also testified.

The court scheduled another hearing for Thursday when two defence witnesses will testify.

At a hearing on May 12, the plaintiff asked the court to dismiss the criminal charges against Dunkley, but the court refused.

Myanmar Times chief executive officer Dr. Tin Tun Oo and foreign and local journalists attended the hearing.

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