Suu Kyi’s trial is set to begin on Monday

The trial of Myanmar’s jailed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to begin on June 14. Suu Kyi’s lawyer, Min Min Soe, told AFP on Monday.

Min Min Soe met with house arrest Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar. “Hopefully, the plaintiffs will present their evidence and witnesses on the same day (June 14),” Suu Kyi told AFP after the meeting.
“She (Suu Kyi) wishes the people of Myanmar all the best and good health.”

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Myanmar’s junta has filed multiple lawsuits against Suu Kyi on various charges, including illegal walkie-talkies, taking bribes, and smuggling state secrets. Min Min Soe did not say which of them would go to trial next week.

Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup on February 1 this year, accusing it of rigging the November 2020 national elections. Myanmar’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing led the coup.

Soon after taking power, thousands of leaders, activists and supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), were arrested. The ruling military government has filed several lawsuits against Suu Kyi.

According to international political analysts, the case filed against the state for smuggling information is quite severe. Under Myanmar law, Suu Kyi could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted in the case.

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