Myanmar coup: Australian academic Sean Turnell ‘detained’

An Australian, who was an financial adviser to Myanmar’s overthrown chief, has reportedly been detained following the army coup.

The surprising improvement comes simply days after former state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested.

The Macquarie College financial professor started residing and dealing in Myanmar in December 2017.

He served as a particular financial advisor to Ms Suu Kyi.

Australia’s Overseas Affairs Minister Marise Payne issued an announcement saying she was deeply involved.

“The Australian Authorities is deeply involved about stories of Australian and different overseas nationals being detained arbitrarily in Myanmar,” she mentioned.

“We’re offering consular help to a lot of Australians in Myanmar. Specifically, we now have severe considerations about an Australian who has been detained at a police station.

“Now we have known as within the Myanmar Ambassador and registered the Australian Authorities’s deep concern about these occasions.

“The Australian Embassy in Yangon continues to contact Australians in Myanmar to determine their security, to the extent that communications enable.”

Sean Turnell with Myanmar’s former state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Digital camera IconSean Turnell with Myanmar’s former state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi. Credit score: Equipped

Myanmar’s army seized management on February 1, detaining Ms Suu Kyi and members of the Nationwide League for Democracy social gathering.

Senator Payne has beforehand known as on the army in Myanmar to respect the rule of regulation, to resolve disputes by means of lawful mechanisms, and instantly launch all civilian leaders and others who’ve been unlawfully detained.

“We’re strongly supportive of the peaceable reconvening of the Nationwide Meeting following the elections in November of final 12 months,” she mentioned.