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Myanmar's release of U.S. journalist cannot erase sham conviction

Military regime's distortion of legal processes has wiped away a decade of reform

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Released American journalist Danny Fester writes on a document at the Naypyitaw International Airport on Nov. 15: Myanmar's judicial system has been taken over as a political instrument.   © Myanmar Military True News Information Team/AP

Saman Zia-Zarifi is secretary-general of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists.

The great news regarding the Myanmar military's release of Danny Fenster, an American journalist working in Myanmar who was sentenced last Friday to a horrifying 11-years in prison after a sham trial, should not obscure the fact that thousands more people languish in Myanmar prisons without a superpower pulling for them.

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