#AceNewsReport – Feb.03: Myanmar police have filed charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi for illegally importing communications equipment:
‘Aung San Suu Kyi charged for owning illegal walkie-talkies following Myanmar military coup and she will be detained until February 15 for investigations, according to a police document’
ABC/Reuters: Posted 4h ago
The move follows a military coup on Monday and the detention of Nobel Peace laureate Ms Suu Kyi and other civilian politicians.
The takeover has cut short Myanmar’s long transition to democracy and drawn condemnation from the United States and other Western countries.
A police request to a court detailing the accusations against Ms Suu Kyi, 75, said six walkie-talkie radios had been found during a search of her home in the capital Naypyidaw.
The radios were imported illegally and used without permission, it said.
The document requested Ms Suu Kyi’s detention “in order to question witnesses, request evidence and seek legal counsel after questioning the defendant”.
A separate document showed police filed charges against ousted President Win Myint for violating protocols to stop the spread of coronavirus during campaigning for an election last November.
‘Transparently squalid and dishonest’
Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won the election in a landslide but the military alleges the poll was marred by fraud.
David Mathieson, an independent analyst who has studied Myanmar for 26 years, told the ABC the new charges against Ms Suu Kyi were “incredibly petty”.
“It’s really about punishing her for larger alleged misdeeds,” he said.
“I mean, trying to get someone on having an unregistered walkie talkie is a mere technicality.
“This is much, much bigger and it’s really predicated in justifying her detention, and it’s transparently squalid and dishonest of the new military junta to do that.”From winning a landslide election to being detainedHow Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi went from a commanding victory to being arrested by her country’s military in just two months.Read more
The chair of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Parliamentarians for Human Rights, Charles Santiago, said the charges were ludicrous.
“This is an absurd move by the junta to try to legitimise their illegal power grab,” he said in a statement.
The electoral commission had said the vote was fair.
Ms Suu Kyi spent about 15 years under house arrest between 1989 and 2010 as she led the country’s democracy movement.
She remains hugely popular at home but her international standing as a human rights champion was badly damaged over the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in 2017 and her defence of the military against accusations of genocide.
The NLD made no immediate comment about the charges against Ms Suu Kyi. A party official said on Tuesday he had learned she was under house arrest in the capital, Naypyidaw, and was in good health.
The party said in an earlier statement that its offices had been raided in several regions and it urged authorities to stop what it called unlawful acts after its election victory.
Doctors stop work to protest against coup
Opposition to the junta headed by Army chief General Min Aung Hlaing has begun to emerge in Myanmar.
Staff at scores of government hospitals across the country of 54 million people stopped work or wore red ribbons on Wednesday as part of a civil disobedience campaign.How the military still controls MyanmarDespite Aung San Suu Kyi having widespread support, it’s really the military that calls the shots. Read more
The newly formed Myanmar Civil Disobedience Movement said doctors at 70 hospitals and medical departments in 30 towns had joined the protest.
It accuses the Army of putting its interests above the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 3,100 people in Myanmar, one of the highest death tolls in South-East Asia.
“We really cannot accept this,” said 49-year-old Myo Myo Mon, who was among the doctors who stopped work to protest.
“We will do this in a sustainable way, we will do it in a non-violent way … this is the route our state counsellor desires,” she said, referring to Ms Suu Kyi.
G7 condemns military’s actions
The junta has declared a one-year state of emergency and has promised to hold fair elections, but it has not said when.
The Group of Seven largest developed economies condemned the coup on Wednesday and said the election result must be respected.
“We call upon the military to immediately end the state of emergency, restore power to the democratically elected Government, to release all those unjustly detained and to respect human rights and the rule of law,” the G7 said in a statement.
China has not specifically condemned the coup, but the foreign ministry has rejected suggestions it supported or gave tacit consent to it.
“We wish that all sides in Myanmar can appropriately resolve their differences and uphold political and social stability,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a briefing.Loading
At the United Nations on Tuesday, its special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, urged the Security Council to “collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar”.
But a diplomat with China’s UN mission said it would be difficult to reach consensus on the draft statement and that any action should avoid escalating tension or complicating the situation.
US President Joe Biden has threatened to reimpose sanctions on the generals who seized power.
US Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tried but was unable to connect to Myanmar’s military following the coup.
The military had ruled the former British colony from 1962 until Ms Suu Kyi’s party came to power in 2015 under a constitution that guarantees the generals a major role in government.
#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Feb.04: 2021:
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