Myanmar’s exiled leader Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with breaking the official colonial law. This is the most serious accusation ever filed against her.
Her lawyer told Reuters just two days ago that she learned of a new allegation with a term of up to 14 years.
The new accusation will take place the day after Suu Kyi appeared by videolink in court in connection with the previous accusation.
She was arrested on February 1 when the army came to power in a coup.
They claim that last year’s general election, in which Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide, was fraudulent, but there is no evidence.
Myanmar has been shaken by weeks of protests since the coup d’etat in the face of increasingly violent military crackdowns. So far, more than 500 people (including 40 children) have been killed.
Suu Kyi has not been seen publicly since she was arrested.
What are the charges she is facing?
Suu Kyi’s chief lawyer, Aung San Suu Kyi, told Reuters that Suu Kyi was charged under official secret law with three retired ministers and Australian economic adviser Sean Turnell. Told.
He said they were charged in a court in Yangon a week ago, but he only knew it two days ago.
The 75-year-old exiled leader has already faced allegations of corruption, and the military claims she received $ 600,000 (£ 430,000) in cash and 11 kg of gold.
She was also charged with violating the country’s natural disaster law and possessing an illegal walkie-talkie.
Suu Kyi appeared in court on Thursday via a video link in connection with some of these accusations. One of her lawyers, Min Min Soe, said she looked healthy.
What is the background to this?
Myanmar troops seized power in Southeast Asian countries after overthrowing the government and declaring a state of emergency.
Just a few days later, a civil disobedience movement began to emerge-experts protested and refused to return to work.
The movement quickly began to gain momentum, and it didn’t take long for hundreds of thousands of people to begin participating in street protests.
However, violence is increasingly escalating between police officers and civilians.
The Rights Group’s Political Prisoners Assistance Association states that more than 500 people have been killed since the military crackdown began.