Myanmar Police Charge Aung San Suu Kyi for Second Time

Myanmar police charges former State Counselor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, for violating the country’s Natural Disaster Management Law, her lawyer confirmed the local media on Tuesday.

Under the new charge, she violated coronavirus restrictions, lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.

He also said that Suu Kyi had meeting with a judge on a video call due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, lawyers could not attend because they had not been granted power of attorney.

Suu Kyi’s next court hearing will be March 1, her lawyer added.

Suu Kyi faces a maximum punishment for the violating COVID-19 restrictions of three years impresonment. However, with the change in the Penal Code instituted by junta which allows detention without court permission, she may be held indefinitely without trial.

Suu Kyi was detained in a military coup on February 1, was already facing a charge for illegally importing walkie-talkies.

She has spent nearly 15 years under house arrest for her efforts on ending the military rule and again being guarded at her home in Naypyitaw.

She served as the State Counselor of Myanmar and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2021.

Editors Note: Story “AUNG-SECOND-CHARGE” corrected on 16.02.2021 11:45. The previous version contained a minor typograhic error.

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