Suu Kyi faces charges

Nay Pyi Taw, Fab 4 (Agency) Myanmar’s elected civilian leader Any San Suu Kyi was on Wednesday charged by the police and remanded to custody until February 15. Ms Suu Kyi has been charged for breaching import and export laws, and possession of unlawful communication devices which she illegally imported, – walkie-talkies – which were allegedly found at her home in Nay Pyi Taw. According to sources Ms Suu Kyi’s whereabouts are as yet not known, with some reports saying that she is being held at her residence in the capita Nay Pyi Taw.

The sources also said that along with Ms Suu Kyi deposed President Win Myint has also been charged, with violating rules banning gatherings during the COVID pandemic and remanded in custody for two weeks. Neither the president nor Ms Suu Kyi have been heard from since the military seized power in the early hours of February 1. The coup, led by armed forces chief Min Aung Hlaing, has seen the installation of an 11-member junta which is ruling under a year-long state of emergency. The military sought to justify its action by alleging fraud in last November’s elections, which Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won decisively.