Lawyers: Lawsuit Against Aung San Suu Kyi will Take Longer

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The trial of deposed Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to take longer than expected, her lawyers said Monday.

 

They assumed the trial would be over by the end of July, but now that prosecutors want to hear 23 more witnesses, that date will not be met. Suu Kyi’s lawyers believe prosecutors are still speaking at the end of July.

Suu Kyi appeared in court again on Monday. She is accused of ignoring measures against the spread of corona during last year’s election campaign. She is also said to have illegally imported walkie-talkies and accepted payments in gold that are not allowed.

If found guilty on all charges, she could face more than ten years in prison.

Suu Kyi headed a democratically elected government but disappeared behind bars in early February when the military seized power. The alleged military irregularities in the last election, which Suu Kyi’s party won.

Security forces then acted with great violence against demonstrating civilians demanding the restoration of democracy. About 850 civilians were killed.

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