Myanmar court issues first ruling in Suu Kyi’s trial

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi attends the joint press conference of the Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi attends the joint press conference of the Mekong-Japan Summit at the Akasaka Palace State Guest House in Tokyo, Japan October 9, 2018. Franck Robichon / Pool via Reuters

December 5, 2021

(Reuters) – A court in Myanmar will deliver its first verdict on Monday in the trial of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a prominent former leader ousted by the military in a 10-month coup prior to.

Ms. Suu Kyi faces dozens of cases including multiple corruption charges plus violations of state secrets, telecommunications laws and COVID-19 regulations, combined sentences with maximum sentences. more than a century in prison.

The rulings were adjourned from last week, with Suu Kyi and co-defendant Win Myint, the ousted president, facing two years in prison for incitement and three years for violating coronavirus protocol, if convicted. They deny the allegations.

Supporters of Ms. Suu Kyi, 76, say the lawsuits are baseless and designed to end her political career and tie her up in legal proceedings while the military consolidates power. .

The authorities say Suu Kyi is being brought before due process by an independent court appointed by a judge appointed by her administration.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the February 1 coup, crippled by protests and unrest that escalated following a deadly military crackdown on opponents it calls “the terrorists”.

The international community condemned the violence and Western nations demanded the release of Ms. Suu Kyi.

The trial in the capital Naypyitaw was closed to the media and the military’s mass media outlets did not mention the proceedings. Suu Kyi’s lawyers have been banned from communicating with the media and the public.

(Written by Martin Petty; Edited by John Geddie) Myanmar court issues first ruling in Suu Kyi’s trial


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