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Dunkley trial to hear from psychiatrist and police surgeon

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – According to a statement released by supporters of jailed Myanmar Times executive Ross Dunkley, a psychiatrist will testify as a prosecution witness at the next hearing on March 17. 

Journalist Ross Dunkley, the imprisoned founder of the Myanmar Times, in handcuffs on the way to his third hearing on charges of immigration violation and criminal assault on Tuesday, March 8. (Photo: Mizzima)The statement issued by Dunkley’s Cambodia- based business partner, David Armstrong, also said that a police surgeon will testify for the prosecution on March 24.

According to the statement, the alleged female victim testified again on Tuesday that she had withdrawn her initial complaint that alleged she had been drugged by Dunkley but the Burmese police authorities ‘have not agreed for the complaint to be withdrawn’.

Dunkley remains in Insein Prison and was denied bail at his third court hearing on Tuesday. 

According to a statement issued by Myanmar Consolidated Media CEO, Dr. Tin Tun Oo and a collegue, U Wei Lin, have agreed to act as bail guarantors for Dunkley. 

Dunkley originally from the West Australian city of Perth was the first foreigner to enter the Burmese domestic media market in 2000 when he joined forces with Sonny Shwe, the son of a close ally of then military intelligence chief and junta prime minister, Khin Nyunt.

Dunkley is not the first Myanmar Times executive to run afoul of Burma’s military rulers.  Less than a year after Khin Nyunt’s purging from the military junta, Sonny Shwe was arrested and new Burmese co-owners took over his stake in the paper.


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