Burma: verdict postponed to December 27 in the river trial of Aung San Suu Kyi

A verdict in the river lawsuit brought by the Burmese junta against Aung San Suu Kyi was postponed on Monday, the latest twist in a long series of legal proceedings that could lead to the former leader, already sentenced to 2 years at the start December, in prison for decades.

The Nobel Laureate, 76, has been under house arrest since the coup at the start of the year that ‘overturned. On the morning of February 1, the military had regained power in this Southeast Asian country, putting an end to a brief democratic parenthesis.

The judgment, in the section of the case where she is accused of having imported and possessed walkie-talkies illegally, was pushed back to 27 December “without giving any reason”, we learned from a source familiar with the matter.

For this, Aung San Suu Kyi risks in theory three years in prison but this is only one of the many accusations which, according to the analysts, aim to remove him definitively from the political arena.

The charges relate to the early hours of the coup, when soldiers and police broke into her home and allegedly found her in possession of unauthorized equipment. During the investigation, members of the team that led the raid admitted during questioning that they did not have a search warrant, according to a source familiar with the case.

At the beginning of the month, she was sentenced to four years in prison for inciting public disturbance and violating health rules related to Covid, a verdict strongly condemned by the international community.

– Closed Trial –

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing later commuted the sentence to two years in prison, and announced that she would serve her sentence under house arrest in the capital, Naypyidaw.

The media are not allowed to attend his trial behind closed doors before a special court in the capital. The junta has also banned its legal team from speaking to the press and international organizations.

The junta has regularly added new charges, including corruption, punishable by 15 years in prison, and for electoral fraud in the elections that his party, the National League for Democracy (LND), won hands down in November 2020.

For almost 10 months, the lady of Rangoon has been confined in an undisclosed place with a small team. Her link with the outside world is limited to brief meetings with her lawyers, which kept her informed of the situation in the country and relayed messages to her supporters.

The team of Aung San Suu Kyi’s defense was the sole source of information about the closed-door trial.

In the meantime, several trials have sentenced other members to severe sentences. of the NLD.

A former minister was sentenced to 75 years in prison at the beginning of December, while a close collaborator of the former head of government sentenced to 20 years.