Burma: trial of Aung San Suu kyi, first verdict expected Tuesday

Burma: process of Aung San Suu kyi, first verdict expected Tuesday

MISE & Agrave; DAY

Former Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to hear the verdict on Tuesday in her trial for incitement to violence, the first in a long series of legal proceedings launched against her by the military junta which overthrown her.

The Nobel Prize winner has been under house arrest since the February coup and faces several decades in prison for all of the charges against her.

On the morning of the 1st, the military regained power in this Southeast Asian country, putting an end to a brief democratic parenthesis.

Since then, the regime has continued a bloody crackdown on its opponents with more than 1,200 civilians killed and more than 10,000 arrested, according to a local NGO, the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), which reports cases of torture and abuse. extra-judicial executions.

On Tuesday, Aung San Suu Kyi faces in theory three years in prison but this is only one of the charges which, according to the analysts, aim at removing him definitively from the political arena.

But the junta's plans for Suu Kyi remain unknown and the junta could delay the verdict as well, analysts say.

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

Days after the coup, Suu Kyi faced obscure charges for possessing Walkie-talkies without authorization and for breaking health rules linked to the coronavirus in the elections that his party, the National League for Democracy won hands down in November 2020.

“A severe sentence almost certain”

The junta has regularly added new charges, notably for corruption and electoral fraud.

“I think that it is almost certain that Suu Kyi will be sentenced to a severe sentence, ”said David Mathieson, a political scientist specializing in Burma.

“The question is, what will her incarceration look like … will she be treated like an average inmate in a crowded cell block, or with privileges in a VIP villa?” »

For almost 10 months, she has been confined in an undisclosed place in Naypyidaw with a small team. His connection to the outside world was limited to brief meetings with his lawyers, who kept him informed of the situation in the country and relayed messages to his supporters.

In June, on her 76th birthday, supporters across the country posted selfies with a flower in her hair on social media in tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi.

But in October, his team was silenced after relaying the testimony in court of the former President of the Republic Win Myint, also tried since June.

Win Myint had told the bar to have told the officers who came to arrest him on February 1 that they would rather die than resign.

Aung San Suu Kyi's defense team was the sole source of information on the trial being held in behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, several trials have sentenced other prominent members of the NLD to severe sentences.

A former minister has been sentenced to 75 years in prison earlier this month, while a close associate of the former head of government was sentenced to 20 years.

The generals could later reduce any sentence p purred against Aung San Suu Kyi, because of his rank, but “How lenient is Min Aung Hlaing? The leader of the junta, asks Mr. Mathieson.

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