Burma’s junta expects Suu Kyi’s trial to be extended by six months

Burma’s military junta reported Monday that the trial against the country’s former “de facto leader”, Aung San Suu Kyi, would last around 180 days.

A judge has made it clear that he does not believe that the five cases brought against him will take longer than six months to complete and that the next hearing will also be held in Naipyidó on June 14th.

“Since these cases are simple, they take about 180 days to complete. Since they were presented on February 16, the court will hear the plaintiff’s arguments by June 28,” he said, according to information from The Irrawaddy newspaper ‘.

Burma’s junta expects Suu Kyi’s trial to be extended by six months
Burma’s junta expects Suu Kyi’s trial to be extended by six months

The procedure, he said, would continue on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of every two weeks. That Monday, Suu Kyi had access to her lawyers, with whom she could speak for 30 minutes.

She was joined by three other leaders, former President U Win Myint and former President of the Naipyidó Council, Myo Aung, until the February 1 coup. On the other hand, Suu Kyi has asked the court to allow her to meet with the other two defendants.

Suu Kyi and other senior officials in the country, including the Burmese president, were arrested in the February 1 coup. She was then charged with allegedly violating export and import laws for some “walkie-talkies” found in her home.

The coup took place hours before the new parliament took office following the November elections, in which an army-affiliated opposition party denounced irregularities without providing evidence to support their allegations.

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