Burma

Myanmar Junta Bars Another Suu Kyi Lawyer From Talking to Media

By The Irrawaddy 25 October 2021

Myanmar’s military regime has imposed yet another gagging order on a lawyer representing detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, before her latest appearance in court on Tuesday.

U Kyi Win is the fifth member of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal team to be barred from speaking to the media, foreign diplomats and international organizations.

The regime imposed the gagging order after U Khin Maung Zaw, the head lawyer representing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, gave details of President U Win Myint’s testimony during a court hearing on October 12, when the President said that the Myanmar military threatened to force him to resign during the February 1 coup.

Lawyers U Khin Maung Zaw, U Thae Maung Maung and Daw Min Min Soe were also recently barred from speaking to the media, foreign diplomats and international organizations under Article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Another one of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers, Daw San Mar Lar Nyunt, was barred in August from speaking about the trials.

The junta has brought 11 charges against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and two against U Win Myint.

The gagging order could prevent first-hand accounts of Suu Kyi’s weekly hearings from reaching the public, said lawyers.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal team has been the only source of information on the trials and on the well-being of the State Counselor and President U Win Myint.


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