Myanmar Times founder jailed for 13 years on drugs charges

Myanmar Times founder jailed for 13 years on drugs charges

FILE PHOTO: Australian journalist Ross Dunkley talks to reporters after his court hearing at Kamaryut township in Yangon June 30, 2011. (Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: Australian journalist Ross Dunkley talks to reporters after his court hearing at Kamaryut township in Yangon June 30, 2011. (Reuters)

YANGON: A Myanmar court on Wednesday jailed an Australian publisher for 13 years on drugs charges, a year after police uncovered a stash of methamphetamines and opium at his home, his lawyer said.

Ross Dunkley, 62, was arrested along with business partner John Mackenzie and several Myanmar women in a June 2018 bust in the commercial capital of Yangon.

Police said they found crystal methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

Lawyer Khun Ring Pan said Dunkley and Mackenzie were sentenced to 13 years on the charges, with five Myanmar nationals jailed for 11 years each.

"We will discuss with the client and decide what to do next," he said.

Dunkley, co-founder of the English-language Myanmar Times newspaper, which he ran more than a decade, also published the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia.

In 2011 he spent time in prison in Myanmar for assaulting a woman and visa offences, but was released on time served.

Myanmar is one of the world's largest producers of illicit drugs, such as opium, heroin and methamphetamines, which are often smuggled into China.


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