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Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial to begin next week | Aung San Suu Kyi News

The ousted leader faces a slew of criminal charges, including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating a state secrets law.

The trial of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will begin next week, her lawyer said, the Nobel Prize winner facing a slew of criminal charges including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies and the disregard of restrictions on coronaviruses.

His trial will begin on June 14 and is expected to end on July 26, his legal team told AFP news agency on Monday.

Myanmar has been in chaos since the military seized power on February 1 and detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected leaders.

But the military failed to impose control, with the takeover sparking almost daily protests and a nationwide civil disobedience movement. At least 849 people were killed and 4,500 others detained.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, was placed under house arrest in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw, and first appeared in public on May 24 when she attended a 30-minute hearing.

Her lawyers have only been allowed to meet with her twice since she was placed under house arrest, weeks behind in her legal action.

“We will get the testimonies of the plaintiffs and witnesses from the next hearing,” lawyer Min Min Soe told AFP on Monday after meeting Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw.

The most serious of the charges against her include allegations that she violated the country’s colonial-era official secrets law, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

Aung San Suu Kyi “asked all (people) to stay healthy,” added Min Min Soe.

ASEAN urges military to release prisoners

The ousted leader spent more than 15 years under house arrest during the previous military regime before her release in 2010 and coming to power in elections held five years later.

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing justified his seizure of power by alleging electoral fraud in the November ballot, won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).

The military has previously said it will hold new elections within two years, but has also threatened to dissolve the NLD.

Envoys from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met with Min Aung Hlaing on Friday and urged the coup leader to release all political prisoners, according to a regional bloc statement.

Dated June 5, the statement said the envoys “called for the release of all political prisoners, including women, children and foreigners.”

ASEAN envoys also discussed the implementation of a “five-point consensus” reached in talks between the General-in-Chief and Southeast Asian leaders during the April talks.

The consensus calls for an end to the violence, political talks and the appointment of a regional special envoy.

The Myanmar crisis is also expected to be the subject of a special meeting of ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers in Chongqing this week. Military Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin will also be present.

The Chinese ambassador met Min Aung Hlaing on Saturday.

Chinese state newspaper Global Times quoted the coup leader as saying Myanmar was willing to coordinate the implementation of the consensus. He reported that the ambassador said China was ready to support the implementation of the consensus.




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