Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces four additional criminal charges, filed in a court in the country’s second largest city, Mandalay, according to her lawyer, as the United Nations called for reconciliation in the violence-torn Southeast Asian country.
Lawyer Min Min Swe told Reuters news agency on Monday that Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal team had little information about the latest charges, except that it related to corruption and Min Tho, a former minister in her government, was charged.
There are accusations of corruption. We do not know why they sue? Or for what reasons? “We’ll find out,” she said.
New cases can be seen under Aung San Suu Kyi, 76 legal procedures In three different cities.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been held since the military seized power in a February 1 coup and is being tried in the capital, Naypyidaw, on charges including illegal import, possession of wireless radios and violation of coronavirus protocols under the Disaster Management Act. .
She is also indicted in Yangon Court, accused of unspecified violations of the Official Secrets Act, and carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.
Her legal team rejects all charges.
Senior lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said an interrogation of a proof witness on Monday revealed that the raid on Aung San Suu Kyi’s home was carried out illegally without a court order.
At a press conference on Monday, military spokesman Zaw Min Tun did not mention any new accusations.
He said it broke the constitution when the position of state counsel was created, which he said came between the president and vice presidents in the leadership structure.
It was not clear if this allegation was among the new charges.
Aung San Suu Kyi was barred from the presidency because her late husband and children held foreign citizenship. After her party won the country’s first elections, she was appointed to a new position – state chancellor – and held that position as the country’s de facto leader before the generals took power.
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A call for reconciliation
On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution condemning human rights violations committed by the military against the Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar, and called for a reconciliation process in the country.
The resolution, which was introduced by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, was approved without a vote in the Geneva-based council.
China, one of the council’s 47 members, said it could not join the consensus but nevertheless did not insist on putting the text to a vote.
“Unfortunately, the humanitarian and human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims remains appalling, and thus requires a collective call from the Council asking Myanmar to immediately halt human rights violations, and uphold their fundamental rights,” said Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations. in Geneva.
The text itself calls for “constructive and peaceful dialogue and reconciliation, in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.”
The resolution also calls for Immediate cessation of the fighting hostilities, targeting civilians, and all violations of humanitarian and human rights laws.
It expresses “grave concern” about continued reports of gross violations and abuses of human rights, including arbitrary arrests, deaths in custody, torture, forced labour, and the “deliberate killing and maiming of children”.
Thomas Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, told the Human Rights Council last week that the military had committed crimes against humanity since taking control, condemning the international community for failing to “end this nightmare”.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet also told the council that the situation in the country had “evolved from a political crisis to a multidimensional human rights catastrophe”.
According to the United Nations, nearly 900 people have been killed since the coup, while about 200,000 have been forced to flee their homes.
The country is also facing a separate health emergency after an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Military generals say there were 3,400 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, up from less than 50 a day in early May. Overall, the country has reported at least 192,000 cases and more than 3,800 deaths, although the true number is likely to be much higher given the collapse of the health system – and the country’s response to COVID-19 – in the wake of the coup.
On Tuesday, there were reports from Myanmar media of soldiers firing shots to disperse a crowd buying medical oxygen in Yangon’s South Dagon district.