/ 30 July 2021

Pleas for Sean Turnell

The family of jailed Aussie man Sean Turnell has renewed their call for his release after 2 photographs of him were printed in Myanmar’s state-run media. It’s the first time the 57yo has been seen since February’s military coup, which deposed Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and saw her and other officials detained. Turnell, a long-time economic adviser to Suu Kyi, has been charged by Myanmar’s military regime with breaching official state secrets acts – a charge his supporters say is ridiculous. Family members said they were “relieved” to see the latest pictures of Turnell, which show him receiving a COVID vaccine in Yangon’s Insein Prison, which has been hit by an outbreak of the virus. Myanmar is seeing increased case numbers in recent days leading the United Nations to warn it could become a “super-spreader” state if the health response isn’t prioritised over its political woes. #SquizShortcut

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