Aung San Suu Kyi hints at unlawful prosecution following walkie-talkie trial

File photo of Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Aung San Suu Kyi / Facebook
File photo of Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Aung San Suu Kyi / Facebook

Ousted de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked the military junta to cross-examine her to determine whether or not she was prosecuted in accordance with the law, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said on Monday after her trial for the politically-motivated charges of illegally importing walkie-talkies and flouting COVID-19 restrictions.

“She believes she didn’t commit those charges. And she did not commit corruption either. She said the cases should be investigated for any inconsistencies with the law,” Maung Zaw said.

Prior to the start of the trial, Suu Kyi’s lawyers were subjected to regular examinations of their case documents and evidence.

“All the documents were checked,” Waung Zaw said. “As a result, it took longer and we only had a little time to talk with her.”

During the trial, a clerk from the Zey Theikdi Ward Administration Office and a police officer were examined as prosecution witnesses in the case against Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, who stand accused of flouting COVID-19 restrictions under Section 25 of the Disaster Management Law.

In addition, six prosecution witnesses were also examined for Suu Kyi’s alleged violations of Section 67 of the Telecommunications Law and Section 8 of the Import and Export Law by allegedly importing walkie-talkies illegally.

The court heard that the walkie-talkies were confiscated during Suu Kyi’s arrest.

“Today, I was shown a map in court. These items were not found in Aung San Suu Kyi’s house. It is clear that they were from the police appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. In fact, there is no reason [to prosecute] in this case,” Suu Kyi’s lawyer Min Min Soe told the media. 

Through her lawyers, Suu Kyi urged the public to pay more attention to the resurgence of the COVID-19 than her trial.

“Aunty is worried. She also told us to be more careful as we have to take care of ourselves now,” one of her lawyers said.

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