Myanmar coup: Australian academic Sean Turnell detained
Australian academic Sean Turnell, who was an economic adviser to Myanmar’s overthrown leader, has been detained following the military coup.
The shocking development comes just days after former state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested.
The Macquarie University economic professor began living and working in Myanmar in December 2017.
He served as a special economic consultant to Ms Suu Kyi.
Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne issued a statement saying she was deeply concerned.
“The Australian Government is deeply concerned about reports of Australian and other foreign nationals being detained arbitrarily in Myanmar,” she said.
“We are providing consular assistance to a number of Australians in Myanmar. In particular, we have serious concerns about an Australian…