Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar court to deliver first verdict on ousted leader

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Fallen Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to hear the verdict of her incitement trial on Tuesday, the first judgment in her many junta court cases that could see her jailed for decades.

The Nobel Laureate has been held since the generals toppled her government in the early hours of February 1, ending the Southeast Asian country’s brief democratic interlude.

More than 1,200 people have been killed and more than 10,000 arrested in a crackdown on dissent, according to a local watch group.

Aung San Suu Kyi faces three years in prison if convicted of inciting the military – although analysts say she is unlikely to be taken to jail on Tuesday.

Instead, the court can delay its verdict or commute any prison sentence to house arrest in order to keep the popular leader out of sight while the junta works to consolidate his rule.

Journalists were excluded from proceedings in the special court in the military capital, Naypyidaw, and Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the media.

The courtroom will remain closed to journalists for the verdict, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun recently said.

Days after the coup, Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with obscure charges of possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions in elections won by her National League for Democracy ( NLD) in 2020.

The junta has since added a host of other indictments, including violating the law on official secrets, corruption and electoral fraud.

Aung San Suu Kyi now appears almost every day of the week in the junta’s courtroom, after her legal team said last month that the busy schedule was damaging the 76-year-old’s health.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s long periods of house arrest under a previous junta were spent at her family’s colonial-era mansion in Yangon, where she would appear in front of thousands of people gathered across the country. the fence of his garden.

Min Aung Hlaing’s regime confined her to an undisclosed location in the capital, her connection to the outside world limited to brief pre-trial meetings with her lawyers.

During her first court appearance, she used them to send a message of defiance, vowing the NLD would endure and asking party supporters to stand united.

But in October, his team were hit with a gag order after relaying vivid testimony from ousted President Win Myint describing how he rejected a military offer to resign to save himself during the coup.

In recent weeks, the trials of other high-ranking NLD members of Aung San Suu Kyi have come to an end, with the junta imposing severe sentences.

A former chief minister was sentenced this month to 75 years in prison, while a close aide to Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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