‘Hilarious Joke’: Suu Kyi’s Lawyer Dismisses Charges of Military Corruption | Myanmar News
Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer dismisses the army corruption allegations against Myanmar’s deposed civilian leader as “baseless”.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer dismissed the army’s corruption allegations against Myanmar’s deposed civilian leader as “baseless”, calling them “illegal raiding” by the generals who took power the month last as protests against the coup continued on Friday.
The country has been in turmoil since a February 1 putsch that saw Aung San Suu Kyi deported, detained and charged with several criminal charges, including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions.
On Thursday, a military spokesperson brought new corruption charges against her, saying a now-detained chief minister admitted to giving her $ 600,000 and more than 10kg of gold.
“This allegation against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the state councilor, is without merit, especially with regard to dollars and gold bars – it is the most hilarious joke of all,” her lawyer said. Khin Maung Zaw to the AFP news agency.
“I have never seen such illegal mud harness. It may have other weaknesses, but it has no weakness in the moral principle, ”he said, referring to Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the atrocities against the Rohingya minority, including nearly a million were driven out of the country in a 2017 military offensive.
The human rights veteran – who in the past opposed Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration by defending two journalists reporting on the Rohingya crisis – said he had differences with her.
“She may have her flaws, but bribes and corruption are not her traits,” he said.
Adding corruption charges to the charges against Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, could mean she faces a harsher sentence. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate currently faces four relatively minor charges – including illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios and violating coronavirus restrictions.
A hearing is scheduled for March 15, but so far Khin Maung Zaw has not been able to have a private meeting with his client. Since being arrested on February 1, Aung San Suu Kyi has not been seen in public.
The army justified its seizure of power by citing electoral fraud in the November elections which its party of the National League for Democracy won by a landslide.
Meanwhile, activists staged further rallies on Friday, a day after a human rights group said security forces killed 12 protesters – one of the deadliest days since the coming to power of the army.
Protests took place in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, and several other cities, according to photographs posted on social media by witnesses and local news agencies. There was no immediate report of violence.
Britain on Friday urged its citizens to leave Myanmar or, if they cannot leave the country, to stay at home, saying the violence is increasing.
Britain condemned the violence in Myanmar and called for the restoration of democracy, signaling earlier this week that it was considering additional sanctions against the country.
Thursday’s bloodshed also came hours after the UN Security Council called for restraint on the military, which tries to quell daily protests against the coup and crippling strikes.
More than 70 people have been killed since protests erupted against the coup, the advocacy group of the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP) said. Some 2,000 people have also been arrested since the coup, he said.
UN human rights investigator Thomas Andrews told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that the military may have committed crimes against humanity, while Amnesty International has accused the army of using lethal force against protesters.
The military did not respond to requests for comment on the latest deaths, but the army spokesman said Thursday that the security forces are disciplined and only use force when necessary.
Military spokesman Zaw Min Tun reiterated that the military would only be in charge for a certain period of time before holding an election. He said the state of emergency would last for a year, but did not set a date for the elections.