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Australian detained in Myanmar pleads not guilty in closed court – media

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The Australian economist and former adviser to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has pleaded not guilty in a closed Myanmar court to violating secrecy laws, Australian broadcaster ABC said. reported on Friday.

Sean Turnell has been in custody in Myanmar since February 6 last year, days after the military overthrew Suu Kyi's elected government in a coup.

He faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

ABC, citing a solicitor, said Turnell testified in court for the first time since his arrest, but few details were available.

Turnell's attorneys did not respond to a call from Reuters for comment. A spokesperson for Myanmar's military government could not be reached for comment.

Turnell is expected to face trial alongside Suu Kyi, who has also been detained since the coup, and several members of her economic team have been charged with the same crimes.

(Reported by Reuters Staff, Written by Kanupriya Kapoor, Edited by Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel)