Suu Kyi, 76, was due to hear the verdict on the prosecution for illegally importing and owning walkie-talkies – the latest in a catalog of judgments in a junta court that could jail her for the rest of her life

File image of Aung San Suu Kyi. AP

Yangon, Myanmar: A junta court in Myanmar postponed the delivery of the verdict on Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday for illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies, a source aware of the case said.

The Nobel Laureate has been jailed since the February 1st generals’ coup against her government, which ended the Southeast Asian country’s brief democratic phase.

According to a local surveillance group, nationwide protests against the coup have faced bloody crackdowns, including more when 1,300 people were killed and over 11,000 arrested.

Suu Kyi, 76, was due to hear the verdict of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies – the latest in a catalog of judgments in a junta court Could imprison the rest of her life.

The judge adjourned the case until December 27 without giving a reason, a source with knowledge of the case told the AFP This month she was sentenced to four years in prison for inciting the military and violating COVID restrictions, widely condemned by the international community She will be serving her sentence under house arrest in the capital, Naypyidaw.

Suu Kyi could have faced three years in prison if found guilty of walkie-talkie charges that began in the early hours of the coup, when soldiers and police ransacked their home and found them allegedly in possession of the contraband.

During cross-examination, members of the raid admitted they had no warrant for the raid, according to a source knowledgeable about the matter.

Suu Kyi has also been charged on several counts of corruption – each punished with 15 years in prison – and violating the Official Secrets Act .

Journalists were banned from attending the special trial in Naypyidaw court, and their attorneys were recently banned from speaking to the media.

She spent Suu Kyi’s long house arrest under a former junta at her family mansion in colonial Yangon, where she appeared before thousands gathered on the other side of her garden fence.

The regime of Min Aung Hlaing has confined her to an unknown location in the capital, her connection to the outside world being shortened Meet with their attorneys ahead of trial.

The junta has also threatened the dissolution of its National League for Democracy, citing alleged fraud in the 2020 election that international observers said were largely free and fair

An electoral commission set up by the junta to investigate allegations of election fraud is due to publish its results in early 2022, the said Minister of Information at a press conference earlier this month.

A former Prime Minister was sentenced to 75 years in prison, while a close aide of Suu Kyi was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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December 20, 2021 4:15:38 p.m. IST


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