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Journalist Dunkley seeks bail; authorities reveal details of charges

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Myanmar Times weekly founder Australian Ross Dunkley  appeared for a second hearing at Kamayut Court in Rangoon on Thursday in an effort to get bail, according to his lawyer.

Dr. Tin Tun Oo, who was named the new CEO of the Myanmar Consolidated Media Group Ltd, is seen at Kamaryut Court on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Sources said that Tin Tun Oo and Dunkley had a business disagreement prior to Dunkley's arrest. Photo : MizzimaHowever, the court refused to grant bail and scheduled a third hearing for March 8. 

Dunkley’s lawyer said five prosecution witnesses appeared in court, and Dunkley was questioned by the court.

Dr. Tin Tun Oo, who is now the CEO of the Myanmar Consolidated Media Group Limited, tried to put up bail for Dunkley, said Wai Lin, a spokesman for the Myanmar Times.

Observers in the Rangoon media community said Tin Tun Oo and Dunkley, who was the previous CEO, were involved in a business dispute prior to Dunkley’s arrest. The media group named Tin Tun Oo the CEO on February 14.

Dunkley was arrested at his home in Rangoon on February 10 and was taken to the notorious Insein Prison the next day. He appeared in the Kamayut Township Court on February 24 to hear the charges against him, which included violation of the Immigration Act and assault on a Burmese woman.

From today’s hearing, it was learned that he has been charged under the Immigration Act and charged with assaulting a woman, identified as Khaing Zar, who appeared at the hearing. Police claim that Dunkley gave the woman drugs, assaulted her and held her against her will. 

Sources said that Dunkley retains a 49-percent stake in the media group and the remaining 51 percent is held by Tin Tun Oo, a member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party from Pazundaung Township.

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