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‘All charges against Aung San Suu Kyi are not really legal’ – Radio Free Asia

It has been 65 days since the Myanmar army took power from the democratically elected government of country leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup that has grown into a barbaric crackdown on the protesters. peaceful love, those who oppose the government. In the early days of the power struggle, security forces arrested several government leaders, including the state adviser, President Win Myint, lawmakers, and state and district officials. from the Ruling National League for Democracy.

According to the State Administrative Council, as the military junta was known, the authorities made a number of charges, widely regarded as being against Aung San Suu Kyi. She was subjected to a new legal charge under the Official Secrets Act on April 1, her first online settlement of cases due to the military overthrowing her government on May 1. 2. On the same day, she was charged with four other charges of inciting and seducing, violating telecommunications laws, possessing unlicensed radios, and violating the Disaster Management Law due to breaches the limits of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020 election campaign.

Myanmar legal expert Kyee Myint, a Supreme Court lawyer not involved in any lawsuits against Aung San Suu Kyi, said that the military coup violated the country’s 2008 constitution. drafted by another military government that previously ruled the country. He spoke to RFA’s Myanmar Service about the military’s arbitrary arrest of state advisers and others – officials and civilians – who oppose the coup. Kyee Myint, president of the Alliance’s Association of Lawyers and Legal Aid, expressed disappointment at the lawlessness that had overtaken Myanmar and the collapse of democratic institutions in the developing country.

RFA: From a legal point of view, how will you handle the 5 charges against Aung San Suu Kyi?

Kyee Myint: It’s a show of force. The military has seized state power. They say they hold power under the 2008 constitution, but it cannot be done that way. And now that we don’t have domestic laws, it’s a waste of time to talk about legal matters. Now we are in a situation of lawlessness. All the allegations made against Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint are not strictly legal.

RFA: In your opinion, how will these allegations affect Aung San Suu Kyi’s political career?

Kyee Myint: As Boyoke [General Aung San’s] Daughter, Daw [honorific] Aung San Suu Kyi will not do anything illegal. She may not be 100% perfect in the performance of her duties and responsibilities. It was a one-way move to take power from the hands of a popularly elected leader. Although they are saying the military coup is consistent with the 2008 constitution, it is not. To put it bluntly, Myanmar is currently a lawless country. People seem to be in danger from the nation’s financially equipped military. People now have no security during the day or night. In what court do we conduct our work when the judge is a military officer or someone is appointed or employed by the military? We better not talk about the law in Myanmar. For us, even when it comes to the law, I am very ashamed.

RFA: How long can Aung San Suu Kyi be in prison if convicted for all the crimes against you?

Kyee Myint: Maybe up to 20 years or so. They could say they would be lenient because she was Bogyoke’s daughter and asked her to bow her head off the country’s politics. But we should not think that far because the unity of the entire people is really great, and I don’t think we should worry that much.

Reported by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translation by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.



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