The charges the Myanmar military have placed on leader Aung San Suu Kyi since the downfall and arrest of her in February – from possessing an unlicensed radio, to accepting bribes, seducing – have not been reported. Legal validity but appears to be designed to end her political career, lawyers and analysts said Thursday.
The 75-year-old Nobel Prize winner had a 3-0 record in landslide elections against military proxies in 1990, 2015 and 2020, and was toppled a few hours before lawmakers from Her National League for Democracy (NLD) convenes parliament to be elected. in November with a very large majority.
Aung San Suu Kyi, confined in the capital Naypyidaw, faced charges under the Government Secrets Act, inciting and seducing, violating telecommunications laws, possessing unlicensed radios and violated the Law on Disaster Management due to violation of COVID-19 pandemic restriction during the 2020 election campaign.
Authorities recently added allegations that she took a multi-million dollar bribe from Pyo Min Thein, former head of Yangon, and Maung Weik, a wealthy businessman.
Sithu Aung Myint, a political journalist and commentator, told RFA that General Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of the coup and the commander-in-chief of the army, appeared to have killed Aung San Su’s political career. Kyi.
“At first, the military leader said he had to settle the coup because of fraudulent election results. Then he then said there was corruption. He accused Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of using money from people like George Soros in America to turn this country into a puppet of the West, undermining our religion with the aim of gaining support from the military, “He said.
“Sr. Min Aung Hlaing seems intent on permanently defeating the NLD, especially Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She has the most popular support in the country and he seems worried that she might there are many supporters like that. the military. So all these baseless accusations must be brought to remove that support for her, ”added Sithu Aung Myint.
Supreme Court attorney Kyee Myint said, with six charges against her in the courts designated by military judges, “there would be about 20 years in prison if she was convicted of all. crimes. ” up to 14 years in prison.
“They could say that they would show her leniency and release her because she is General Aung San’s daughter, but she won’t be able to participate in politics anymore,” he said, referring to the leader. Venerable independent religion, who was assassinated in 1947 when Aung San Suu Kyi was two years old.
“The judge is a military general and the attorney general is also an appointed person in the army. There is no real law in Myanmar anymore,” added Kyee Mint.
Another Supreme Court attorney. Khin Maung Zaw, told RFA: “We may have many differences on some issues, but I believe in the morality and sacrifice of Aung San Suu Kyi. I do not believe in those who brought in.” make charges based on unsubstantiated allegations., and I don’t believe these people. “
Of the eight lawyers for her defense team, only two were allowed to appear in previous trial rounds, which were conducted by video online under coronavirus restrictions. But at the last trial about Second, four additional attorneys are allowed to attend the hearing.
Min Min Soe, who met Aung San Suu Kyi three times in online hearings, quoted her as saying: “We will defend ourselves against all allegations in accordance with the law.”
Report of RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translation by Khin Maung Nyane and Kyaw Min Htun. Written in English by Paul Eckert.