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Australia says two citizens released from Myanmar detention

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Yangon, Myanmar   /   Mon, April 5, 2021   /   09:25 am
 Australia says two citizens released from Myanmar detention Police personnel stand guard during a demonstration by supporters of detained Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu in front of a court house in Yangon on November 3, 2020. Wirathu, a hardline Buddhist monk turned himself in November 2, after 18 months on the run -- and less than a week before Myanmar's national elections -- a move analysts described as a bid to "influence" the vote. (AFP/Sai Aung Main). Usage: 0 (AFP/Sai Aung Main)

Two Australians who were detained in Myanmar late last month have been released and have left Yangon, Canberra's foreign affairs department said Monday.

Business consultants Matthew O'Kane and Christa Avery, a dual Canadian-Australian citizen, were put under house arrest after trying to leave the country on a relief flight in March.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said Australian officials had "provided consular assistance" to the couple during their detention and release.

"We provided support for their departure from Yangon on 4 April," the spokesperson added in a statement.

"We welcome their release."

The couple ran a bespoke consultancy business in Yangon.

Australian adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi Sean Turnell was detained by the military junta on Feb. 8, 2021. (The Jakarta Post/YouTube).
Usage: 0Australian adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi Sean Turnell was detained by the military junta on Feb. 8, 2021. (The Jakarta Post/YouTube). Usage: 0 (The Jakarta Post/YouTube)

A third Australian, economist Sean Turnell, an advisor to civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was arrested a week after the putsch remains in custody.

The economist and university professor was the first foreign national arrested following the February 1 coup that ousted the Nobel laureate from power and plunged Myanmar into turmoil.

He is being investigated by the junta over alleged immigration and state secrets offences.

Canberra has suspended military cooperation with Naypyidaw and has advised its citizens to leave the country if it is safe to do so.