Suu Kyi’s trial to begin next week
Published: 10:02 PM, 7 June 2021
Aung San Suu Kyi; Photo: Collected
The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), is set to begin on Monday (June 14).
Suu Kyi’s lawyer, Min Min Soe, told this to news agency AFP.
The Nobel laureate has been accused of violating coronavirus restrictions and illegally holding walkie-talkies during last year’s election campaign.
Min Min Soe said on Monday “we will hear the statements of the plaintiffs and witnesses in the case” in the next hearing scheduled for June 14.
"She (Suu Kyi) asked all (people) to stay in good health,” Min Min Soe added.
On February 1 this year, Myanmar’s military overthrew the elected government in a coup. The army detained several lawmakers, including Suu Kyi and the government’s president. After the coup, the people of the country started mass protests against the junta government. The junta government has brutally suppressed the protests. Security forces have killed at least 850 protesters so far in the country.
Suu Kyi’s lawyer has only met her twice since she was placed under house arrest by the junta government. During this, the date for the hearing of her case has been repeatedly postponed, as a result, the lawyer had to face difficulty meeting her.
The junta has already threatened to disband Suu Kyi’s party, the NLD. The junta-backed election commission alleges that the NLD came to power in the 2020 elections through “fraud and rigging”.