Aung San Suu Kyi Faces New Charges as Myanmar Protests Escalate

Myanmar authorities have filed two additional charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi according to her lawyer, as protests in the country escalate following a bloody crackdown on protesters which killed at least 18 people.

Suu Kyi faces two more charges: namely violating a law on publishing information which may “cause fear or alarm,” and violating the telecommunications law which requires a license for the possession or use of restricted equipment. 

The Nobel Peace laureate’s lawyer Atty. Min Min Soe said that she looked healthy during the court hearing through a video conference. 

Prior to said charges, Suu Kyi was charged under the import law for illegally importing hand-held radios found in her home, as well as violating the Natural Disaster Management Law for breaching Covid-19 measures. 

This, following the United Nations report that at least 18 were killed in violent crackdowns by security forces across the Southeast Asian country. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the deadly crackdown in Myanmar, in a statement. 

“I urge the international community to send a clear signal to the military that it must respect the will of the people of Myanmar as expressed through the election and stop the repression,” Guterres wrote on Twitter.

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