Contradictory testimony in ASSK’s ‘walkie talkie’ trial: report

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

Witnesses called by Myanmar’s military reportedly offered conflicting testimony yesterday in one of the trials of deposed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. 

Four officers allegedly involved in confiscating telecommunications devices – key evidence in one of the cases against the 76-year-old head of state – offered contradictory answers in court yesterday according to a report. While some said the devices were located inside her home, another said they were taken from guards  outside, as detailed in a search warrant executed at the time.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with illegally importing walkie talkies, one of many crimes she’s been charged with that have been criticized as politically motivated.

Prior to the trial, according to media outlet Myanmar Now, Suu Kyi had the opportunity to meet privately with her lawyers before the court session, which was presided over by Maung Maung Lwin, a judge from Zabu Thiri Township. 

Myanmar Now reported that its source did not indicate which soldier was telling the truth.

One of Suu Kyi’s lawyers expressed hope that the judge would rule that finding such devices among Suu Kyi’s guards, as was described in the search warrant, was not a crime.

The court’s independence from the junta which seized power earlier this year is in doubt, however.

Suu Kyi faces up to three years in prison if found guilty, and she faces further prosecution under the Telecommunications Law, which could add another year to any sentence, among other charges. 

Her trials are set to resume Monday.

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