A Myanmar military court on Tuesday postponed the first verdict in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, the leader who was toppled by the military group, until December 6. This part of the sentence relates to the charge of sedition, and she faces a prison sentence of three years.
A Myanmar military court on Tuesday postponed the first verdict in the trial of the ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi (76 years), in the part related to the charge of sedition, to the sixth of December.
As part of this part of the trial, the Nobel Peace Prize winner faces a three-year prison sentence if she is found guilty of incitement against the military.
Several analysts believe that the military court may decide to convert a prison sentence to house arrest in an attempt to justify the exclusion of Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been cut off from the world for ten months. Her contacts abroad are limited to her meetings with her defense team.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been on trial since June on, among other charges, illegal import of wireless devices, failure to respect measures to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic, separatism and corruption, as well as electoral fraud.
She has been held and under house arrest since the military group toppled her government at dawn on February 1, ending a brief democratic period in the Southeast Asian country.
وتنتهج ruling military group Since then, a bloody crackdown has led to the killing of about 1,300 civilians and the arrest of more than 7,000, according to the Association for the Assistance of Political Detainees, a local NGO, which reports that torture, rape and extrajudicial executions have taken place.
Many observers denounce the political trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, which in their opinion aims to neutralize her, the winner of the 2015 and 2020 elections. Her lawyers say she is in good health, but faces many years in prison if convicted.
In the past few weeks, the trials of other prominent members of Suu Kyi’s party ended with the military council handing down harsh sentences. A former lawmaker was sentenced to 75 years in prison after being convicted of corruption with hard labor, while a close aide to Suu Kyi was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Journalists have been barred from attending closed-door court hearings in the military-built capital, Naypyidaw, and Suu Kyi’s lawyers have also recently been barred from speaking to the media.