The ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will go on trial beginning next week, her lawyer said, as the Nobel laureate faces a string of criminal charges including flouting coronavirus restrictions during last year’s election campaign and possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies.
Myanmar has been in a state of upheaval since Suu Kyi was deposed in a February 1 coup, with almost daily protests and a nationwide civil disobedience movement. Nearly 850 civilians were killed since, according to a local monitoring group.
“We will get testimonies from plaintiff and witnesses starting from next hearing,” scheduled for Monday, June 14, lawyer Min Min Soe said Monday after meeting the detained Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw. Proceedings are expected to wrap up by July 26, according to Suu Kyi’s legal team.
Suu Kyi’s lawyers have met with her just twice since the junta placed her under house arrest, with weeks of delays to her legal case and her lawyers struggling to gain access to their client.
Suu Kyi, 75 will also appear in a separate trial slated to begin on June 15, where she is charged with sedition alongside ousted president Win Myint and senior NLD leader Dr Myo Aung, the lawyer said.
Over alleged voter fraud, Myanmar’s junta has also threatened to dissolve her political party, the National League for Democracy, which won elections in 2020.
There was a heavy police presence around the Naypyidaw council compound, close to where the court is located, with roadblocks along streets leading to the area, a media report said.
The ousted leader is also facing a separate charge of violating a colonial-era secrecy law, a pending case in a court in the commercial hub Yangon.