More Charges Against Aung San Sun Kyi in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi faces four additional criminal charges, filed in a Mandalay court, according to her lawyer, as the United Nations calls for reconciliation in the violence-torn country.
Min Min Soe, a lawyer for Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal team, told Reuters that Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal team knew little about the latest charges, except that two were leveled at Min Thu, a former minister in her government.
“Corruption charges have been filed.”. Why do they sue? We don’t know. For what reasons?
She said, “We’ll find out about it.”.
As a result of the new cases, Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, could be tied up in legal proceedings in three different cities.
In his trial in the capital, Naypyidaw, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate faces charges related to the illegal importation and possession of walkie-talkie radios, and infractions of a disaster management law.
In addition, a Yangon court has charged her with unspecified breaches of the Official Secrets Act, punishable by a maximum of 14 years in prison.
All charges are rejected by her legal team.
Khin Maung Zaw, the chief lawyer for the prosecution, said on Monday that the raid on Aung San Suu Kyi’s home had been carried out illegally without a warrant.
Zaw Min Tun, the military spokesman, did not mention any new charges at a news conference recently.
She breached the constitution when the position of state counselor was created, which he said came between the president and vice president in the command structure.
It wasn’t clear if that allegation was part of the new charges.
Because her late husband and children are citizens of foreign countries, Aung San Suu Kyi was barred from the presidency. In the ensuing years, she was appointed to a new role – state counselor – and served in that capacity as the country’s de facto leader before the generals seized power.
In a recent resolution, the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned human rights violations by the military against the Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar and urged a process of reconciliation.
The resolution, put forward by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, was approved without a vote in the Geneva-based council.
One of the 47 council members, China, said it could not join the consensus, but nonetheless did not insist on voting on the text.
According to Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, “the human rights and humanitarian situation of Rohingya Muslims remains dire, and the UN should urge Myanmar to end its human rights violations and uphold their fundamental rights.”
In the text itself, the authors call for “constructive and peaceful dialogue and reconciliation, in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar, including the Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities”.
Additionally, the resolution calls for the immediate cessation of fighting and hostilities, the targeting of civilians, and violations of humanitarian and rights laws.
It voiced “grave concern” at continuing reports of serious human rights abuses, including arbitrary arrests, deaths in detention, torture, forced labor, and “the deliberate killing and maiming of children.”

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