‘Incredibly relieved’: Australian couple freed from house arrest in Myanmar | Australia news

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An Australian couple have been freed from house arrest in Myanmar and allowed to leave the country without charge, one of the two business consultants said on Sunday.

Christa Avery and her husband, Matthew O’Kane, were refused permission to leave Myanmar last month when they were about to board a flight home.

The country has been in turmoil since a military coup on 1 February ousted the elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

“I am, of course, incredibly relieved to have been released and to be on my way home with my husband, Matt,” Avery said. “Even though I knew that I had done nothing wrong, it was very stressful being held under house arrest for two weeks.”

Another Australian, Sean Turnell, an economic adviser to Suu Kyi, has been detained since shortly after the army seized power and is in prison.

“I hope that even if Sean cannot be released very soon, he can, at least, be moved to house arrest for his physical, mental and emotional wellbeing,” Avery said.

Authorities have said Turnell is under investigation. A lawyer for Suu Kyi said last week that he understood Turnell faced charges under the Official Secrets Act but no charges have been confirmed.

More than 2,500 people have been detained since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group.

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