Myanmar coup: Detained leader Aung San Kyi faces fresh charges

Myanmar coup: Detained leader Aung San Kyi faces fresh charges

The detained leader of Burma, Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with a second crime. In her virtual trial, the army charged her with a yet-to-be-identified crime. 

Myanmar leader charged by military rulers 

Burma deposed leader Mrs. Aung Sun Kyi has been faced with a new charge by the new regime when she appeared in court virtually. Mrs. Sun was charged earlier with the procurement of communication devices which they alleged she used to rig the elections in November.

The fresh charge was that she disobeyed Burma's Natural Disaster Law. However, this charge remains unclear as even government sources remain critical of such a strange charge. The army in Burma has said they will conduct a new election free of malpractices and promise to leave power pretty soon. In a virtual conference, brigadier Gen Zaw  Min Taw insisted the military had no intention of staying in power for long and will hand it over to whoever wins the fresh elections. 

Critics wary of military commitment to free elections 

Although he didn't give a specific date for this election. Critics however say, they aren't sure if this is possible, that the military may want to enthrone their civilian lackeys in power. In November, leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the NLD won the majority of the votes with huge numbers, however, the army insisted the election was fraught with many irregularities, a claim that has been denied. 

Western nations like the UK and the US have highly criticized the hierarchy in Burma for cases of violation of human rights and heavy suppression of civilians that protest peacefully. Leader Aung San Suu Kyi made a brief appearance in court where she denied all charges, and she will make a fresh appearance on March 2. General Zaw has said she and the president are safe and confined to their homes.

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