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Myanmar's Suu Kyi pleads not guilty in incitement trial

Iran Press TV

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 12:36 PM

Myanmar's junta has put deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for incitement of violence, the latest on a string of charges that could lead to decades of imprisonment.

After her trial session on Tuesday, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said she pleaded not guilty to charges of incitement, adding that she "seemed to be in good health," a week after she skipped a separate court hearing for health reasons.

Her lawyer also said the court heard testimony from prosecutors, adding that Suu Kyi violated coronavirus restrictions in the elections that her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won by an overwhelming advantage last year, for which the junta claimed massive irregularities.

Suu Kyi, 76, was deposed in a coup by the military junta, which sparked a mass uprising and a brutal crackdown on dissent early this year.

She is currently under house arrest and facing multiple charges, including illegal importation and possession of walkie-talkie radios, accepting bribes, and violating a colonial-era secrecy law. Next month, Suu Kyi will face a new trial on corruption charges.

In August, the junta leader, Min Aung Hlaing, declared himself prime minister. His caretaker government is scheduled to hold fresh elections by 2023.

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