Burmese Suu Kyi appears face-to-face for the first time since the coup

Bangkok-Burma (also known as Myanmar) exiled leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been in court for the first time since the military arrested her on February 1.

Burmese state television MRTV broadcast the first photo of 75-year-old Suu Kyi on an evening news program since the coup. It showed her wearing a pink face mask, sitting straight in a small courtroom, with her hands folded on her knees. Alongside her were her two co-defendants, former President Win Myint and former mayor of the Burmese capital Naypyidaw, Myo Aung.

One of their lawyers, Min Min Saw, will call the Associated Press and the three will meet with the defense team for about 30 minutes before the hearing begins in a special court located inside the Naypyidaw City Council building. He said he was able to do it.

Suu Kyi’s previous only appearance was by videolink, and she was not allowed to meet her lawyer in person.

Min Min Soe said Suu Kyi wanted to tell the Burmese people that her National League for Democracy would support them.

“The National League for Democracy was established for the people, so the National League for Democracy will exist as long as the people exist,” she said. She appeared to refer to the ruling military junta’s threat to dissolve the party.

Myanmar’s UN Special Envoy, Christine Schlaner Bergener, called the military attempt to ban NLD “unacceptable.”

She pointed out at a virtual press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York that the NLD won 82% of the votes in the November elections, saying, “Because this is the will of the people, we also hope that the NLD will survive. I’m out. “

“As always, she seems healthy, alert and smart,” said Khin Maung Zaw, head of the legal team at Suu Kyi.

“Aung San Suu Kyi is always confident in herself and she is confident in her purpose and people,” he said in honorifics to a respected older woman.

Myo Aung’s leading lawyer, Tain Rhein Tung, was arrested after the hearing on suspicion of disseminating information that could cause anxiety.

The hearing on Monday was mainly procedural. The defense lawyer said the discussion with Suu Kyi included all charges against her. State television said the hearing was related to accusations against all three defendants for disseminating information that could cause public vigilance or anxiety.

Soo Chi also faces two counts during the 2020 campaign, violating the Natural Disaster Management Act for violating the COVID-19 pandemic limit. Illegal import of a walkie-talkie for use by her bodyguard. Unauthorized use of the radio.

The most serious accusation faced by Suu Kyi is a violation of the Official Secrets Act of the colonial era, which can result in up to 14 years in prison, which has been dealt with by another court.

Suu Kyi’s supporters say the proceedings are a political motivation aimed at damaging her credibility and justifying the military’s seizure of power. If convicted of any of the crimes, she may be barred from running in elections that military junta promised to hold within a year or two of its takeover.

Also on Monday, an American journalist working for a Burmese news magazine was detained at an airport in Yangon while preparing to board a plane to Malaysia. Frontier Myanmar said it was unclear why editor-in-chief Danny Fenster was detained. Military junta has arrested about 80 journalists, about half of whom remain in custody awaiting prosecution or trial.

After the party’s overwhelming victory in the general election last November, the military expelled the Suu Kyi administration. Before democratic reforms began 10 years ago, Myanmar was governed by the military for 50 years.

Military junta claims that widespread fraudulent elections, especially the irregularities in the voting list, have justified power. The Asian Free Election Network, a nonpartisan polling organization, rejected a large-scale fraudulent military allegation in a report issued last week, stating that the results of the vote represented the will of the people.

Military junta has announced on state television that it has accused Suu Kyi of corruption and said it was evidence of her bribery, but so far has stated that she intends to pursue the alleged crime. Only. Her lawyer dismissed the claim.

Several proceedings are pending against other senior members of the Suu Kyi Party.

Approximately 4,300 people have been detained, including 95 who have already been sentenced, according to the Burmese Political Prisoner Assistance Association, which has been collecting detailed arrests and deaths since the coup.

Resistance to the military regime is widespread. About 100 young people gathered on Monday in a lightning protest in Yangon, the country’s largest city, raising a flag and chanting the slogan of democratization before it rushed to disband.

Flashmobs have replaced large-scale demonstrations held in February and March for the deadly response of security forces.

According to the support association, 818 protesters and bystanders have been killed by guards since the coup.

In an interview with Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television last week, Junta’s Chief Senior General General had exaggerated deaths, actually about 300, 47 police killed and 200. He said he was injured.

Most resistance to military junta remains non-violent, especially in public school boycotts, but armed resistance appears to be increasing.

There are reports of small homemade explosives exploding in Yangon and elsewhere, and virtually daily reports of the murder of informants and local managers allegedly appointed by military junta.

In eastern Burma, Kayah State (also known as Karenni), there was a fierce battle between security forces and members of the grassroots anti-military Hunta People’s Defense Force, according to social media reports over the weekend. Such reports are difficult to validate individually, especially in remote areas.

As many as 40 members of security forces have been killed in a joint attack by the People’s Defense Forces and Karenni guerrillas, online news services Irawaji and Myanmar reported. Irawaji also said four civilians were killed when a cannon fired by government forces struck the Catholic Church in Kaya.

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