Burma

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Appoints Six More Defense Lawyers

By The Irrawaddy 1 April 2021

Naypyitaw — An eight-member legal team will defend Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi against charges brought since the February 1 coup.

Dekkhinathiri Township Court in Naypyitaw heard Daw Aung San Suu Kyi via videoconferencing on Thursday and she accepted six more lawyers to defend her.

Lawyers Daw Min Min Soe and U Yu Ya Chit were granted power of attorney to defend Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the previous court hearing.

At the court hearing on Thursday, Daw Min Min Soe sought permission to grant power of attorney for six more lawyers and allow lawyers to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in private.

“At the court hearing today, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi formally appointed eight lawyers before the court to defend in her case,” said lawyer U Khin Maung Zaw.

The other lawyers are U Khin Maung Zaw, Daw San Marlar Nyunt, U Kyi Win, Daw Su Darli Aung, U Thae Maung Maung and U Aung Kyaw Soe.

They will also defend President U Win Myint.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi faces four charges under Article 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law for allegedly interacting with a crowd during the coronavirus pandemic, Article 8 of the Export and Import Law for possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies and other foreign equipment and Article 67 of the Telecommunications Law and Article 505(b) of the Penal Code for sedition.

U Win Myint faces two charges under Article 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law and Article 505(b) of the Penal Code.

The next court hearing is set for April 12. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also faces a lawsuit under the Official Secrets Act at Yangon Eastern District Court and a five-member legal team is preparing to defend her in that case. The next court hearing will be held on April 8.

 

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