Charges Filed against Aung San Suu Kyi by Myanmar Police after Military Coup

The Myanmar police filed formal charges against the former head of state, Aung San Suu Kyi, for violating import and export regulations. She is also charged with possession of 10 handheld radios discovered by the military at her Naypyidaw home.

The police allege that, without authorization, these communication devices were unlawfully imported and used.On February 1, following a military coup, Suu Kyi was ousted from the office of State Counsellor. She will remain in detention until mid-February for further investigation, including the interviewing of witnesses and the gathering of evidence, according to the police.

Suu Kyi remains under house arrest in Naypyidaw and has asked the people “not to accept this coup and to react and to protest the military coup wholeheartedly.”Under the Disaster Management Rule, the police have filed charges against the ousted President Win Myint for violating the COVID-19 procedure during the 2020 general election campaign.

On account of electoral irregularities, the military has already ruled the outcome of this election invalid. Several other National League for Democracy (NLD) ruling party officials, including the NLD spokesman, members of the Central Committee, and ministers of the State and Country, have been arrested.The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) expressed concern about the “state of emergency declaration… and arbitrary detention of government members.”

Members of the UNSC called for the immediate release of all those detained, stressing “the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, to refrain from violence and to fully respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.”

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