Myanmar court delays first verdicts in Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial

A Myanmar junta court on Tuesday postponed giving a verdict in the incitement trial of deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the first trial of her many cases that could land her in jail for decades.

The Nobel laureate has been detained since the generals toppled her government in the early hours of February 1, ending the Southeast Asian country’s brief democratic interlude.

More than 1,200 people died and more than 10,000 were arrested in a crackdown on dissent, according to a local monitoring group.

The court, which was to rule on his trial for incitement to the army, an accusation that carries a three-year prison sentence, postponed the verdict “until December 6,” said a source with knowledge of the case.

Journalists have been banned from participating in proceedings at the special court in Naypyidaw, the army-built capital, and Suu Kyi’s lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the media.

There was a heavy security presence on the streets leading to the special court in the capital Naypyidaw on Tuesday morning, an AFP correspondent said.

The courtroom will remain out of the reach of journalists for the verdict, board spokesman Zaw Min Tun recently told AFP.

Catalog of charges

Days after the coup, Suu Kyi was hit with shady charges for possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions during the elections her National League for Democracy (NLD) won in 2020.

Since then, the board has added a number of other allegations, including violation of the official secrets law, corruption, and electoral fraud.

Suu Kyi’s long periods of house arrest under a previous board were spent in her family’s colonial-era mansion in Yangon, where she would appear before thousands of people gathered on the other side of her garden fence.

The Min Aung Hlaing regime has confined her to an undisclosed location in the capital, with her link to the outside world limited to brief pre-trial meetings with her lawyers.

In recent weeks, trials of other high-ranking members of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy have concluded, with the board imposing harsh sentences.

A former prime minister was sentenced to 75 years in jail earlier this month, while a close aide to Suu Kyi was jailed for 20.

The military, which has dominated life in Myanmar for decades, has defended its takeover, citing allegations of fraud in last year’s general election, which Suu Kyi’s party won handily.

(AFP)

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