Opposition Leader Has Been Put On Trial In Myanmar

Myanmar’s military government has put deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for incitement, her lawyer said, adding to a long list of charges that could land her in prison for decades.
Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) were ousted by the military in a February coup that sparked a mass uprising and a brutal crackdown on dissent.
Since then, the Nobel laureate, 76, has been living under house arrest with only periodic meetings with her lawyers and court appearances.
Khin Maung Zaw, her lawyer, said she pleaded not guilty to charges of incitement noting that she appeared in good health despite missing a separate hearing a week earlier due to illness.
For each charge, the maximum sentence is three years in prison.
Deposed president Win Myint has also pleaded not guilty to incitement.
According to prosecution testimony, Aung San Suu Kyi flouted the Coronavirus ban during the landslide elections last year that her party won.
She will face corruption charges next month, and she is also charged with violating a colonial-era secrecy law, although her trial has not yet taken place.
During the 2020 elections, when it trounced a party aligned with the generals, the military deposed her government over unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.
According to a local monitoring group, security forces have killed more than 1,100 civilians since the coup.
According to the military, the death toll is much lower.

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