Naypyidaw (Myanmar) (AFP)
Witnesses from the Burmese junta were scheduled to testify against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday for sedition and violating coronavirus restrictions, in a trial that could see the Nobel Prize winner jailed for more than a decade.
The country has been in turmoil since the military overthrew Suu Kyi’s elected government in February and embarked on a brutal crackdown on dissent that has left more than 850 dead, according to a watch group.
Under house arrest and with the exception of a few court appearances, Suu Kyi has been charged with a range of eclectic charges, including accepting illegal payments of gold and violating a secrecy law. from the colonial era.
On Tuesday, the court will hear testimony from witnesses claiming she violated restrictions on coronaviruses in last year’s election her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won in a landslide. .
A separate trial in which she is accused of sedition alongside ousted President Win Myint and another high-ranking NLD member is also set to open.
If convicted on all counts, Suu Kyi, 75, faces more than a decade in prison.
Journalists are excluded from the proceedings and there was a strong security presence outside the special court in the capital Naypyidaw, an AFP journalist said.
The long-delayed hearings come as fighting erupts in several communities across Myanmar and diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis collapse.
# photo1 Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, who refused to leave his post despite his dismissal after the coup, called on the international community to take “effective collective measures” against the junta.
“The absence of such actions (…) will further encourage the army to continue to commit inhuman and brutal acts against civilians,” he wrote in comments published on Monday ahead of the expected Security Council talks. UN on the Myanmar Crisis.
Kyaw Moe Tun passionately rejected the coup and dismissed the junta’s claims that he no longer represents Myanmar.
The United Nations still considers him to be the legitimate envoy.
Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing justified his takeover by citing alleged electoral fraud in the November ballot won by the NLD.
The junta has previously said it will hold new elections within two years, but has also threatened to dissolve the NLD.
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