Aung San Suu Kyi faces new charges for violating the state secrets law



UMMATIMES - Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with violating a colonial-era state secrets law, the most serious charges brought against him so far.

His lawyer told Reuters he learned of the new charges against Suu Kyi - which carry a sentence of up to 14 years - just two days ago. The new allegations come a day after Suu Kyi appeared in a video link in court in connection with the previous indictment.

He was arrested on February 1 when the military seized power in a coup. The military accused last year's general election, which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by a landslide, was fraudulent - although there is no evidence of this.

Myanmar has been rocked by protests in the weeks since the coup, which have been met with increasing acts of military repression. More than 500 people - including 40 children - have died so far. Suu Kyi has not been seen in public since her arrest.

What charges does he face?

Suu Kyi's chief lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, told Reuters that Suu Kyi, along with a number of ministers in her ousted cabinet and Australian economic adviser, Sean Turnell, were charged with violating a state secrets law. He said they were charged a week ago in Yangon court, but he only learned about this two days ago.

Previously, the 75-year-old woman had faced charges of corruption, with the military accusing her of receiving US $ 600,000 in cash, and 11 kg of gold.

He was also charged with violating laws on natural disasters and possessing illegal walkie-talkies. Suu Kyi appeared at the trial via video link on Thursday (01/04) in connection with these charges. One of his lawyers, Min Min Soe, said he appeared to be in good health.

What is the context of this indictment?

The Myanmar military seized power in the country after overthrowing the government and declaring a state of emergency. Just days later, a civil disobedience movement began to emerge - with professional workers refusing to return to work in protest

He was also charged with violating laws on natural disasters and possessing illegal walkie-talkies. Suu Kyi appeared at the trial via video link on Thursday (01/04) in connection with these charges. One of his lawyers, Min Min Soe, said he appeared to be in good health.

What is the context of this indictment?

The Myanmar military seized power in the country after overthrowing the government and declaring a state of emergency.

Just days later, a civil disobedience movement began to emerge - with professional workers refusing to return to work in protest