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BBC reporter wins appeal, walks free

BBC Burmese service reporter Nay Linn walks free from a court in Mandalay on 21 July 2016. (PHOTO: DVB)

Nay Lin, a correspondent for the BBC Burmese service, walked free from a court in Mandalay on Thursday, when he won an appeal against a conviction for punching a policeman.

Thein Than Oo, a lawyer for the reporter, told DVB that the Mandalay district court on 21 July commuted the remaining one month and a half of his three-month sentence.

“Nay Lin was jailed on 6 June, exactly one month and half ago, so he has served half his his sentence. He walked free today,” the lawyer said.

Thein Than Oo praised the court’s decision to free his client, saying it was a sign of positive reforms taking place in the judicial sector under a new civilian government.

Nay Lin was charged under Article 322 of the Penal Code – voluntarily causing harm to deter a public servant from his or her duty – over an incident in Mandalay in March 2015 when he had an altercation with a policeman. The latter sustained a minor cut to his eyebrow. Nay Lin had been covering a protest by university students calling for education reforms.