Recent cases include three of Danny Fenster’s previous encounters, and they could see him in prison for life.
A U.S. journalist detained in Myanmar has been charged with “terrorism” and sedition, and could face up to life in prison if convicted, according to his lawyer.
Danny Fenster, who was arrested while leaving the country in May, was involved in two new cases under the Counter-Terrorism Act and the Myanmar Penal Code, his lawyer Than Zaw Aung said on Wednesday.
The anti-terrorism law prohibits contact with so-called “terrorist” groups and imprisons them for three to seven years.
Another offense under Section 124 (A) of the Criminal Code is usually referred to as conspiracy and carries a maximum sentence of 7 to 20 years in prison.
The new charges against Fenster, 37, come just days after former US ambassador and detainee Bill Richardson met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at Naypyidaw headquarters. Min Aung Hlaing seized power on February 1, arresting Aung San Suu Kyi and elected government officials.
Fenster, editor-in-chief of Frontier Myanmar, an online journal from Yangon, has been charged with felony criminal mischief for felony criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit felony criminal mischief.
His case has not been heard from the media or from the public, and details have been provided by his lawyer.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post, despite evidence from several opposing witnesses.
The judge in the case on Monday ruled that the prosecutor had provided enough evidence to continue the case.
Meanwhile, prosecutors appear to be trying to link Fenster to an undisclosed lawsuit filed by his employer, the Myanmar Now online newspaper.
Recent Witnesses say the Ministry of Information reports notes that Fenster was still working in Myanmar Now when he was arrested.
But according to Myanmar Now and current employer, Frontier Myanmar, he resigned in July last year and joined the company a month later.
Fenster’s lawyer told the Associated Press that he had submitted documents and other evidence to the court to prove that Fenster was an employee at Frontier Myanmar.
The first three cases of the Fenster case are heard in a court in Yangon where the new cases are considered.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup.
More than 1,200 people have been killed by security forces against protesters, according to one study group.
Journalists were also pressured as the military tried to tighten information, disrupt the internet and remove local radio licenses.