Sydney (Australia), 18 November. Australian Sean Turnell, an economist and adviser to ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is already in Australia after being released from a Burmese prison as part of an amnesty offered by the ruling military junta, his wife Hu confirmed on Friday. . Wow.
“Here it is,” Hu Vu wrote in a message on social media, uploading a picture with Turnell, while in another similar post he commented: “I’m over the moon and I have no words, So it’s better to say thank you.”
The 57-year-old economist at Sydney’s Macquarie University, who was an economic adviser to ousted and jailed leader Suu Kyi in a February 2021 military coup, has not appeared before the press and has been asked by her family to respect her privacy.
Turnell, who arrived in Australia from Thailand around midnight, was arrested in February 2021 days after a military coup that ended a decade of early democracy in the Asian country and sentenced to three years in prison last September Was. Raj law.
Turnell was freed yesterday along with Japanese filmmaker Toru Kubota and British diplomat Vicky Bowman, the three most high-profile foreigners detained and sentenced by the Burmese junta after the February 2021 coup, along with nearly 6,000 The prisoners were released under amnesty.
Since the coup, more than 2,400 people have died in a brutal crackdown by security forces, who have shot and killed peaceful and unarmed protesters, according to figures from the Burmese NGO Association to Aid Political Prisoners.