OUSTED MYANMAR LEADER SUU KYI HIT WITH FRESH CHARGES
2 March 2021
BANGKOK: Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was slapped with two new criminal charges on Monday during her first appearance in public since the military grabbed power a month ago, Sputnik quoted Myanmar Now website report.
The former state counsellor stands accused of possessing or using undeclared walkie-talkies and inciting unrest.
She was initially charged with illegally importing walkie-talkies and violating the natural disaster law by staging a campaign ahead of the November election, in breach of coronavirus restrictions.
The military seized power in a coup on Feb 1 after accusing Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) of rigging the national vote. The NLD won the polls in a landslide.
The 75-year-old appeared in court by video link. Her attorney, Min Min Soe, reportedly said she seemed to be in good health.
"She said at the hearing that she wanted to meet with her lawyer. The judge told her that he is working on it," the lawyer told Myanmar Now.
President Win Myint, an ally of Suu Kyi who was one of the civilian leaders arrested in the coup, has been likewise charged with an attempt to incite public unrest. His appearance in court was not broadcast live.
The hearing has been adjourned until March 15.
Protests against junta’s rule resumed on Monday, a day after at least 18 people were shot dead by the military during civil disobedience rallies across the country.