Military Junta in Myanmar: Charges against Aung San Suu Kyi again

Status: 01/31/2022 11:34 am

Myanmar’s ousted Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to six years in prison in several trials. Now she has to answer to the court again – because of electoral fraud.

Shortly before the anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar, the judiciary formally charged former Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi with electoral fraud. She is accused of rigging the November 2020 general election. According to insiders, the trial is scheduled to begin on February 14.

Former President Win Myint, who was also ousted in the wake of the coup, is facing the same charge, according to people familiar with the court case. The verdicts are expected in about six months, it said. The military government was initially unable to comment.

Clear election winner 2020

The process takes place behind closed doors. It is unclear whether Suu Kyi will actually serve a prison sentence or remain under house arrest. Observers and human rights experts speak of a show trial against them.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner had already been under house arrest for a total of 15 years in the past. She has been the de facto head of government since 2016. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party was re-elected by a large majority in November 2020. The military staged a coup on February 1, 2021 and deposed them.

Observers believe it had become too dangerous for the generals who had ruled what was formerly Burma with an iron fist for decades. The junta, on the other hand, justified the coup from the start with alleged electoral fraud – but no evidence was presented.

whereabouts are unclear

Suu Kyi was detained in the coup. Where exactly she is is unclear. There are already numerous lawsuits against them. Ten of these involve violations of an anti-corruption law. In various trials she has been sentenced to a total of six years in prison. Since the coup, there have been repeated protests and civil disobedience, and hundreds of people have been killed.

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