Lawyer says that a US Journalist Jailed in Myanmar has been charged for the third time.

An American journalist who has been held by Myanmar’s junta for months has been refused bail and is facing a third criminal accusation, his lawyer said to AFP on Thursday.

Danny Fenster, the managing editor of Frontier Myanmar, was detained in May while attempting to flee the country.

He is presently on trial on charges of promoting dissent against the military and illegal association, and faces a maximum sentence of six years in prison if convicted on both counts.

On Wednesday, at his last hearing inside Yangon’s Insein jail, his lawyer Than Zaw Aung told AFP that he was informed of a further charge for allegedly violating immigration rules.

The offense carries a potential sentence of five years in prison, and he said the trial was scheduled to begin on Friday.

He also added that they do not know why the immigration charge was added and that Fenster’s visa was still valid at the time of his detention.

The latest allegation comes a day after former US diplomat and hostage negotiator Bill Richardson met with junta commander Min Aung Hlaing in the capital Naypyidaw, bringing the junta some much-needed attention.

According to a statement released by his organization announcing the trip, Richardson is in the nation on a private humanitarian mission. This made no mention of whether he would seek Fenster’s release.

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