Myanmar Junta Trial of Aung San Suu Kyi to Hear First Testimony Since February Coup

Aung San Suu Kyi has remained long as the face of the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar and has won the Nobel peace prize. However, she has stayed under house arrest for around two decades before her release in 2010. The ousted leader of Myanmar, Suu Kyi, will be presented in court on June 14 as her first trial starts on charges produced by the military junta after they seized power earlier in 2021.

The former President Win Myint and Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the February coup and have faced multiple charges, are anticipated to testify in person at the Capital’s special court in Naypyidaw, as per KhinMaungZaw, head of the legal defense team. She is being accused of allegedly violating Covid19 restrictions at the time of the last year’s election. She is also tried for incitement and possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies.

Suu Kyi will return to court on June 15 for facing two additional charges associated with breaching the Telecommunications Law and Natural Disaster Management Law, said KhinMaungZaw by phone. He also added that his expectation is to get the verdicts on those charges by the middle of August. Furthermore, he described all the allegations that are accused on Suu Kyi are groundless. All these trials are just the push by the military to dishonor Suu Kyi after her party won over 80% of available seats in the national election in November.

The military prompted to call the election tainted even though international observes felt it mostly free and fair. If Suu Kyi gets convicted of all the charges, then she may face jail for more than a decade.

Ethnic Army was Accused by Myanmar Junta Media for Killing 25 Workers

Junta-controlled media of Myanmar on June 14 accused an ethnic army group of killing 25 construction workers in the country’s east side after abducting nearly 47 people last month. Conflicts in the borderlands of Myanmar have refueled in many places since the army seized power on February 1 and overthrew the elected leader Suu Kyi. As per the report, nearly 25 dead bodies appeared in a forest clearing.

The Myanmar newspaper presented that the men were working on the Uhu Creek Bridge near the border of Thailand and were kidnapped from the construction site in a group on May 31, which included six women and ten children. The Junta’s forces have killed over 860 people since the February coup, and the junta has claimed that the numbers are much lower.

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