Maynmar Military Junta Raises New Allegations Against Aung San Suu Ky
Former Myanmar leader cannot choose her lawyer. The court trial is scheduled for Monday in two weeks.
The military junta in Myanmar has brought another indictment against the previous head of government Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who is under house arrest, is now also accused of violating the "Law on the Management of Natural Disasters," informed her lawyer, Mr. Khin Maung Zaw. Accordingly, a court date was set for March 1, which should be broadcast via video.
Suu Kyi was heard by a judge on video on Tuesday, Mr. Khin Maung Zaw said. Wednesday was originally mentioned as the court date. Her lawyer said she was not allowed to represent her. He has also not yet been able to meet his client.
The disempowered Aung San Suu Kyi had already been charged with violating import-export rules after her arrest because radios had been found in her house during a raid.
Military spokesman Zaw Min Tun said Tuesday that Ms. Suu Kyi and the also disempowered President Mr. Win Myin are in "good health". "It's not that they have been arrested, they are just staying in their homes."
The opposition movement continues protests
Despite international protests against their crackdown on the democracy movement, the military rulers blocked the Internet again. Nationwide, people were without network access on Tuesday night. It was the second night-time internet shut off in a row.
Also on Tuesday, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Mandalay and other cities. In the port city of Mawlamyine, protesters blocked railroad tracks to prevent a train from continuing on to Yangon. Numerous train drivers joined the strikes called by the democracy movement to demonstrate against the military coup. In Yangon, monks moved to the US embassy.
Observers saw more Communist China's military vehicles on the streets of the capital but none of them was noticed in the other towns.
The Myanmar military seized power on February 1, arresting Ms. Suu Kyi and later placing her under house arrest. The coup ended a decade of democratic change in Myanmar. Since then, more than 420 people have been arrested during protests against the junta, according to activists.