Aung San Suu Kyi faces new criminal charge amid protests

Aung San Suu Kyi faces new criminal charge amid protests
Protesters are demanding the release of Aung San Suu Kyi after the elected leader was detained in a coup. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has been handed a second criminal charge on the day she appeared in court via video link.

Ms Suu Kyi, the country’s main opposition leader, who was earlier charged with possessing illegal walkie-talkies, is now also alleged to have violated the country’s Natural Disaster Law.

It’s not clear what the new charge, issued on Tuesday, relates to.

Earlier, Myanmar’s military repeated its promise to hold fresh elections and relinquish power as protests continue.

Anti-coup demonstrators are demanding the release of their elected leaders, including Myanmar’s de facto leader Ms Suu Kyi, following the military coup on 1 February.

In the military’s first news conference since the coup, spokesman Brig Gen Zaw Min Tun said the military would not remain in power for long, and promised to “hand power back to the winning party” following a planned election.

However, the spokesperson did not provide a date for the vote.

Speaking in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, Zaw Min Tun also repeated the claim – without providing evidence – of fraud in last November’s election.

Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a resounding victory in the election. The military has claimed widespread voter fraud as a justification for its coup.

The US and Britain have criticised the criminal charge against her. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they were “fabricated” and “a clear violation of her human rights”, while a spokesperson for the US state department called them “disturbing.”

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