The first verdict against Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, overthrown by a military junta, postponed until December 6

A person displayed a drawing of the deposed Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, at a demonstration in Bangkok last February. EFE / EPA / NARONG SANGNAK (NARONG SANGNAK /)

A Myanmar court on Tuesday postponed the first verdicts of the cases against the ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi until December 6., which could cost him a sentence of several years in prison, informed judicial sources.

The sources, who remain anonymous for security reasons, told the news agency Efe that the court of Naipyidó, the capital, postponed the verdicts that should have been pronounced this Tuesday for incitement cases and breaking the Natural Disasters law by failing to comply with the control rules of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This latest verdict was postponed after Suu Kyi’s lawyers asked the court to testify a witness who had not been able to testify until then.

The crime of incitement, of which he pleaded not guilty last September, punishes the emission of messages that cause “fear or alarm” or incite someone to commit a crime against the State.

FILE PHOTO: Aung San Suu Kyi.  REUTERS / Ann Wang
FILE PHOTO: Aung San Suu Kyi. REUTERS / Ann Wang (Ann Wang /)

Suu Kyi’s lawyers have lamented in recent months the difficulties in finding witnesses to testify in favor of the former president for fear of possible reprisals from the military junta, which has held power in the country since the coup on February 1.

The deputy leader is also being tried on other charges such as the illegal importation of “walkie talkies”, violation of the Official Secrets Law (punishable by up to 14 years in prison), abuse of power and corruption for, allegedly, having accepted bribes.

The Army justifies the seizure of power by a alleged massive fraud during last year’s general elections, the result of which was annulled and in which Suu Kyi’s party swept away, as it did in 2015 with the endorsement of international observers.

FILE PHOTO: A military supporter points a sharp object as he confronts anti-coup protesters during a demonstration supporting the military in Yangon, Myanmar, February 25, 2021. REUTERS / Stringer
FILE PHOTO: A military supporter points a sharp object as he confronts anti-coup protesters during a demonstration supporting the military in Yangon, Myanmar, February 25, 2021. REUTERS / Stringer (STRINGER /)

The coup d’état was the imprisonment of Suu Kyi and other leaders of her party, the National League for Democracy, and plunged Myanmar into a deep political, social and economic crisis.

According to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP), since the coup the security forces have killed 1,297 people and have arbitrarily detained more than 10,500.

(With information from EFE)

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