Crime & Justice

Myanmar court again defers Suu Kyi verdicts

Bangkok Desk, Dec 27 (EFE).- A Myanmar court on Monday again deferred the verdicts in two cases concerning ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi

The judge, who already postponed the verdicts on Dec. 20, again delayed the decisions over charges relating to the unlawful possession of walkie-talkies until Jan. 10, a source close to the matter who wished to remain anonymous told Efe.

Suu Kyi is waiting to hear the outcomes of charges of violating the telecommunications law, punishable by one year in jail, and the import-export law, punishable by up to 3 years.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was already sentenced on Dec. 6 to four years in prison, reduced a few hours later to two, on charges of incitement and violating Covid-19 protocols.

The convictions prevent Suu Kyi from standing for election if the military junta keep its promise to hold new polls in 2023.

Suu Kyi, 76, faces nearly a dozen cases including accusations of violating the Official Secrets Act and corruption, which could see her spending the rest of her life in prison if convicted. She denies all charges.

Despite the authorities keeping her incommunicado, Suu Kyi appears to be in “good health,” the source said.

Almost 11 months on from the Feb. 1 coup, the military junta still has not garnered popular support in the country despite the violence unleashed by security forces against dissent, which has caused at least 1,375 deaths to date, according to an organization of Myanmar activists.

The junta justifies the coup alleging electoral fraud in the November 2020 election, in which Suu Kyi’s party won by a landslide, and which were considered legitimate by international observers. EFE


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