Suu Kyi’s allegation of violating the laws of the British colonial era is the fifth and most severe allegation against her since the military coup took power on February 1. According to Reuters, the conviction is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
Pro-democracy demonstrators have repeatedly bloody takeovers of the army, among which claims of election fraud overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected National League for Democracy (NLD) government filled with protests across the country for nearly two months and installed a military government .
Since the coup, Suu Kyi and other government officials have been detained. She also faces four other charges, including violating import and export laws and prohibiting the release of information that may “cause fear or panic.”
Her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, told CNN that Suu Kyi was charged on March 25, along with the detained Australian economic adviser Sean Turnell and several other advisers. He said that he only learned of the new allegations on March 30.
The deposed civilian leader has never appeared in public since his detention, and the latter’s party won an overwhelming victory in the November 2020 elections. According to a junior lawyer who attended the hearing, Khin Maung Zaw appeared in court via a video link on Thursday, saying that she appeared to be in “good physical condition.”
Khin Maung Zaw said: “She requested to arrange for her to hold a private meeting with the lawyer-the defense lawyer-to instruct her lawyer to discuss the case without any external interference from the police or other forces.”
On Friday, after the telecommunications company received instructions from the Ministry of Transport to stop services, Myanmar citizens had hoped that there would be no wireless broadband Internet service.
Customers of the telecommunications company Ooredoo received text messages the night before that wireless services will be discontinued until further notice. The date of the instruction is April 1.
Most customers in Myanmar are connected to the Internet through wireless data services, which will allow only those users who have a physical connection to access the network.
In order to curb communication and information flow, the military government implemented measures to shut down the Internet every night. Internet monitor Netblocks confirmed that the Internet was cut off at 1 o’clock in the morning on Friday, which was the 47th night of the forced military shutdown. The company said that mobile data has also been disabled on the 19th day.
CNN has contacted the Myanmar military for comment.
The UN condemns the “use of violence”
On Thursday evening, the UN Security Council issued a statement to the press condemning the “use of violence” against protesters on the streets of Myanmar.
In response to the constant protests of the security forces, unarmed civilians were shot in the streets, beaten on the houses of suspected opposition members, arbitrarily detained and raided at night. According to the advocacy organization of the Political Prisoners Aid Association, at least 543 people were killed by the military government.
The UN Security Council statement said: “Members of the Security Council are deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating situation and strongly condemn the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators and the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including women and children.”
In order to gain support from China and Russia, Western countries were forced to modify the language used in the statement. The final statement of the Security Council is the third statement issued by the Security Council since the coup. It did not impose sanctions or threats of arms embargo on Myanmar’s military rulers.
A UN diplomat told CNN that countries want to join the phrase “ready to consider further measures”-alleging possible sanctions-but Myanmar is Myanmar’s strongest defender in the 15-nation Security Council. The country has blocked the language. diplomat.
The diplomat added that attempts to call the deaths of hundreds of civilians “killing” are simply “civilian deaths.”
The diplomat said that Russia hopes to include language condemning the death of Myanmar security officials, which repeatedly stopped the approval of the final text.
Prior to this, the Security Council concluded its meeting on Wednesday, and there was no immediate sign that any agreement was reached on more radical action against Myanmar.
The UN diplomats still insist that the Security Council is important in a word. Russia’s deputy UN ambassador told reporters on Wednesday that the sanctions would invade the internal affairs of a UN member state.
Air raid continues
The relief organization Freedom Burma Rangers said that in the early hours of Thursday morning, the Karen State in southeastern Myanmar continued air strikes, and the military announced that it would start a unilateral ceasefire.
Since Saturday, due to increased tensions between the country’s armed ethnic groups and the military, the military has been conducting air strikes in Karen State. Thousands of residents were forced to flee to the jungle and neighboring Thailand.
Many of the target villages are controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU), a national armed group that owns large areas of territory in the border area. The Kuomintang is one of many ethnic armed groups that supported the protests and condemned military takeovers.
Free Myanmar Wanderers said that the strike took place in the originally targeted area, and there were no casualties when the residents hid. In a report earlier on Wednesday, the British Myanmar Sports Department also announced two more air strikes in the state.
KNU members shared a video with CNN to show the aftermath of an air strike on a gold mine in the small town of Dwe Lo in the Papun district on March 30. Become a workplace.
The Myanmar military declined to comment on Thursday’s strike.
In a statement issued by state television on Wednesday, the military stated that it will suspend “unilateral actions from April 1 to April 30,” but it will retain actions against “threats to undermine the government, security, and administration.” right. “
CNN’s Richard Roth and Paula Hancocks contributed.