Burma: verdict in Aung San Suu Kyi’s river trial postponed again


The Nobel Prize winner has been under house arrest since the coup at the start of the year. The verdict, in the part of the case where she is accused of importing and possessing walkie-talkies illegally, has been postponed until January 10.

A court of the Burmese junta again postponed Monday its verdict in a part of the trial-river against Aung San Suu Kyi which could lead the ex-leader, already sentenced to two years in early December, in prison for decades. The judgment, in the part of the case where she is accused of having imported and possessed walkie-talkies illegally, has been postponed to January 10, we learned from a source close to the case. For this, Aung San Suu Kyi risks in theory three years in prison but this is only one of the many accusations which, according to the analysts, aim to remove him definitively from the political arena. The charges relate to the early hours of the coup, when soldiers and police broke into her home and allegedly found her in possession of unauthorized equipment.

The Nobel Prize winner, 76, has been under house arrest since the coup at the start of the year that toppled her. On the morning of February 1, the military had regained power in this Southeast Asian country, putting an end to a brief democratic parenthesis. Protests across the country against the coup have been bloodily suppressed, with more than 1,300 people killed and 11,000 arrested, according to a local watch group. Earlier this month, the former head of the civilian government was sentenced to four years in prison for inciting public disturbance and violating health rules related to Covid, a verdict strongly condemned by the international community. Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing later commuted the sentence to two years in prison, and announced that she would serve her sentence under house arrest in the capital, Naypyidaw.

Aung San Suu Kyi is also facing several counts of corruption – each punishable by 15 years in prison – and violation of the Law on Official Secrets. The media are not allowed to attend his trial behind closed doors in a special court in the capital. The junta also banned its legal team from speaking to the press and international organizations.

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