Burma

NLD Lawyers to Defend Suu Kyi Against Myanmar Military Charges

By The Irrawaddy 25 March 2021

Naypyitaw — Two lawyers have been granted power of attorney to defend ousted civilian leader State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Lawyers Daw Min Min Soe and U Yu Ya Chit will defend Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and Naypyitaw’s mayor, Dr. Myo Aung.

Her party, the National League for Democracy, arranged a seven-member legal team to defend their leader. However, the authorities only arranged power of attorney for two junior lawyers from the team instead of a senior lawyer, U Khin Maung Zaw, who has applied for power of attorney since February.

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 alleged 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 court was ordered to hear the cases via videoconferencing. The previous two court hearings on March 15 and March 24 were canceled due to a nationwide internet shutdown. The military regime cut mobile internet connectivity from March 14 but some broadband connections remain accessible.

The next court hearing is set for April 1.

 

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