Myanmar Junta Files New Charge Against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

By The Irrawaddy 12 April 2021

Myanmar’s military regime slapped the country’s ousted leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with one more charge on Monday, bringing the number of charges brought against her to six since her arrest in the junta’s pre-dawn Feb. 1 coup.

During a video conference court hearing on Monday in Naypyitaw, the former State Counselor was sued under the country’s Natural Disaster Management Law for allegedly breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

The charge cited her visit to the residence of National League for Democracy (NLD) members in Zabuthiri Township in Naypyitaw in August, saying it caused “a crowd gathering”.

Prior to Monday’s charge, Suu Kyi was already facing five legal cases including alleged violations of the export and import law, the communications act and state secrets act, as well as charges of sedition. She has also been charged under the Natural Disaster Management Law in a separate case.

“So far she is facing six cases,” said Daw Min Min Soe, one of Suu Kyi’s lawyers.

On Monday, ousted president U Win Myint and former Naypyitaw Development Committee chairman and NLD MP Dr Myo Aung were also in court along with Suu Kyi via video as the trio were tried for sedition.

“They all looked healthy and had a chance to greet each other,” the lawyer said.

During the hearing, U Win Myint and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi requested to meet their lawyers in person. The authorities told the court that they had submitted the requests to their seniors.

The next hearing is scheduled for April 26.

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