Myanmar’s army junta will start presenting its case in opposition to deposed chief Aung San Suu Kyi in court docket subsequent Monday, her legal professionals stated.
The army arrested Suu Kyi in February when it overthrew her elected authorities. Public resistance to the coup stays sturdy and in latest months has taken the type of a low-level armed rebellion.
Authorities prosecutors could have till June 28 to complete their presentation within the court docket in Naypyitaw, the capital, the place she is being tried on 5 expenses, after which Suu Kyi’s protection staff could have till July 26 to current its case, stated Khin Maung Zaw, the staff’s senior member.
Courtroom classes are to be held on Monday and Tuesday every week.
Khin Maung Zaw spoke to journalists after a procedural listening to on Monday for Suu Kyi and two fellow defendants, ousted President Win Myint and former Naypyitaw Mayor Myo Aung.
Suu Kyi’s supporters say the costs in opposition to her are politically motivated and are supposed to discredit her and legitimize the army’s takeover. If convicted of any of the offenses, she may very well be banned from operating in an election promised by the junta inside one or two years of its takeover.
She and her two co-defendants are charged with spreading info that might trigger public alarm or unrest.
Suu Kyi additionally faces two counts of violating the Pure Catastrophe Administration Regulation for allegedly breaking COVID-19 pandemic restrictions throughout the 2020 election marketing campaign; illegally importing walkie-talkies that had been for her bodyguards’ use; and unlicensed use of the radios.
A sixth cost that Suu Kyi faces is essentially the most critical one: breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets and techniques Act, which carries a penalty of as much as 14 years’ imprisonment. It has been dealt with individually from the opposite expenses and was filed in a court docket in Yangon, the nation’s greatest metropolis. It was just lately transferred to the Union Supreme Courtroom in Naypyitaw, stated San Mar La Nyunt, one other of her legal professionals.
One other of her legal professionals, Min Min Soe, stated that once they met along with her, she requested them if they may assist pay for her meals bills as a result of her money sources had been low and she or he didn’t need to depend on being fed by her captors.