The first trial of Myanmar’s ex-government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has now really started.
Two police officials testified against the politician, who is on trial for violating the corona measures and illegally importing walkie-talkies for her own use.
The trial is taking place without journalists in a special court in the capital Naypyidaw, where Suu Kyi was seen alive again in late May for the first time since the coup. Since she was detained in the February 1 coup, several charges have been filed against her.
The indictment about the corona measures revolves around the election campaign of her party, NLD. He convincingly won the parliamentary elections last year. The result was the reason for the army to commit the coup because fraud was allegedly committed. More than four months later, they still have not shown any evidence.
Another case will be filed against Suu Kyi on Tuesday. The politician, deposed president Win Myant and another prominent NLD member will then face charges of sedition. There are also other charges against Suu Kyi. She has also been accused of taking bribes since last week.
Suu Kyi’s lawyers deny that their client did anything wrong. One of them called the latest charge “absurd”. The defence says it hopes for the best result but at the same time prepares for the worst scenario. Suu Kyi’s supporters are very dissatisfied with the charges, which they say are politically motivated.
It has been very unsettled in Myanmar since the army took power early this year. Demonstrations against the junta and for the return of a democratically elected government are rife. The army says it will call new elections within two years. It remains to be seen whether the NLD is allowed to participate because the junta has threatened to dissolve this party.