Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's civilian leader, on Thursday strongly defended a Burmese court decision to jail two Reuters reporters who were arrested while investigating alleged war crimes against Rohingya Muslims.
"There are of course ways in which we, with hindsight, might think the situation could have been handled better", she said.
"We continue to believe that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo did not violate Myanmar's espionage law, and at no point in time were they engaged in activity to hurt their country", Reuters said in a statement following Suu Kyi's comments.
"The case has been held in open court", Suu Kyi said.
"Open courts are created to shed light on the justice process", International Commission of Jurists legal adviser Sean Bain said.
In Hanoi, Suu Kyi questioned whether people were aware of the details of the case against the reporters.
Since previous year, at least 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar, also known as Burma, after the army launched a brutal crackdown in response to attacks by a Rohingya militant group.
The ARNO said it has filed a communication in this matter supporting the efforts of Solicitor Taylor and supporting Australia's national prosecution of Aung San Suu Kyi with regards to violations of worldwide criminal law, as consistent with the Australian Legal Code.
Myanmar does not recognise Rohingyas as citizens and considers them Bangladeshi immigrants, with the community facing increasing discrimination in the country including checks on their freedom of movement.
The two journalists maintain they were targeted for their investigation and reporting of gross human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims, which have resulted in more than 700,000 Rohingya fleeing over the border to Bangladesh since August 2017.
A UN-led report last week two weeks ago called for the prosecution of army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and five other top-ranking generals for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
But he also said he wished Aung San Suu Kyi had talked more about investment, "especially to Rakhine State".
Reuters has reported that the journalists were arrested as part of a sting operation by police in Myanmar.
Military and government officials in Myanmar have waged a "political campaign" to quash independent journalism, arresting and prosecuting many through the use of vague and overly broad laws, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday.
It decried the use of the courts and the law by the "government and military in what constitutes a political campaign against independent journalism".
Myanmar's government also confirmed Thursday that Suu Kyi would not attend the United Nations General Assembly session later this month in NY.
Local media have reported that Suu Kyi will not be attending the NY meeting.