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Former publisher, appearing healthy, attends court hearing

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Ross Dunkley, the Australian founder and a co-owner of the Myanmar Times, appeared in Kamayut Township Court in Rangoon on Thursday on charges of violating immigration laws and reportedly assaulting a Burmese woman.

Ross Dunkley, the founder of The Myanmar Times, is seen here before he entered Kamaryut township court on Thursday. Dunkley was originally arrested for immigration violations but now faces five criminal charges. Photo: MizzimaDunkley, who appeared in the court in handcuffs, has been detained in Insein Prison in Rangoon.

The former chief editor of the English-language newspaper seemed healthy, a reporter who was in the courtroom told Mizzima.

Dunkley was arrested at his home in Rangoon on February 10, following his return from a trip to Japan, sources said.

No information was available about the circumstances surrounding the assault charge involving a woman.

Dunkley was charged under Section 13(1) of Immigration Act, which carries a maximum sentence of up to five years.

Following the arrest, rumors circulated that Dunkley was involved in a business dispute with a Burmese shareholder of the newspaper. The shareholder, Dr. Tin Tun Oo, became CEO of the Myanmar Consolidated Media Group Ltd on February 14, following a meeting of the board of directors.

Tin Tun Oo and employees of the Myanmar Times tried to put up bail for Dunkley, sources said, but the court refused to grant him bail.

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

Myanmar Consolidated Media Ltd’s official objection against some news agencies’ reports on Mr. Ross Dunkley
We found that some local news journals and foreign.-based news agencies reported the news regarding Mr. Ross Dunkley, the former chief editor of Myanmar Times. Some of those reports contained prejudicial usages before the court has delivered the verdict. Those can harm the image of Myanmar Consolidated Media Ltd and the dignity of its employees. So, the Myanmar Consolidated Media Ltd, which publishes the Myanmar Times (in Burmese), Myanmar Times (in English), Crime journal and NOW! Magazine, states its official objection to those reports

Dr. Tin Tun Oo, CEO

Myanmar Consolidated Media Ltd

No. 379/383, Bo Aung Kyaw Road

Kyauktada Township, Rangoon

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:05 )  

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