Aung San Suu Kyi faces more charges as UN urges reconciliation

Aung San Suu Kyi faces more charges as UN urges reconciliation

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Deposed Myanmar leader faces long prison term as country sinks deeper into violence amid a new COVID health emergency.

The Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi defended Myanmar from accusations of genocide in The Hague on Wednesday.CreditCredit…Koen Van Weel/Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau

Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi is facing four additional criminal charges, filed in a court in the country’s second-biggest city Mandalay, according to her lawyer, as the United Nations called for reconciliation in the violence-wracked Southeast Asian nation.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal team had little information about the latest charges, except that they relate to corruption and that two were also levelled at Min Thu, a former minister in her government, lawyer Min Min Soe told the Reuters news agency on Monday.

“There are corruption charges. We do not know why do they sue? Or for what reasons? We will find out about it,” she said.

The new cases could see Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, tied up in legal proceedings in three different cities.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been held since the military seized power in a February 1 coup and is on trial in the capital, Naypyidaw, over charges that include illegal importation and possession of walkie-talkie radios and violating coronavirus protocols under a disaster management law.

She is charged also in a Yangon court, accused of unspecified breaches of the Official Secrets Act, punishable by a maximum of 14 years in jail.

Her legal team rejects all the charges.

Chief lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said cross-examination on Monday of a prosecution witness revealed a raid on Aung San Suu Kyi’s home had been carried out illegally without a warrant.

At a news conference on Monday, military spokesman Zaw Min Tun made no mention of any new charges.

He said she had breached the constitution when the post of state counsellor was created, which he said came between the president and vice presidents in the command structure.

It was not clear if that allegation was among the new charges.


Source: Al Jazeera

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