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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi will face charges of election fraud on Feb 14

FILE PHOTO: Myanmar's then state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, attending an invesmtent meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

According to a source familiar with the proceedings, a court in army-ruled Myanmar will begin an election fraud trial of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb 14, after she was accused of rigging the 2020 election to win a second term in government.

The news: Suu Kyi is on trial in over a dozen crimes and has already been sentenced to a total of six years in detention by a court in the capital, Naypyitaw, in what the world community has called a sham trial.

  • She has refuted claims by the military that she cheated in a 2020 election won by her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
  • Suu Kyi, 76, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is accused of attempting to sway the electoral commission during the voting process.
  • According to the source, former president and ally Win Myint, as well as former cabinet member Min Thu, are facing the same allegations owing to the sensitivity of the matter.
  • If proven guilty, the trio faces up to three years in prison and a fine under section 130-A of the penal code. It’s the latest in a slew of cases against Suu Kyi that could result in her serving more than a century in prison.
  • The junta’s spokesperson did not return a phone seeking comment. Suu Kyi would be given due process by an independent court, according to the military authorities.

What happened: The military claimed it took power because the election commission rejected its accusations of fraud by the NLD, which won the 2020 election by a landslide.

  • According to the NLD, it was a fair election.
  • Suu Kyi was imprisoned in the hours leading up to the February 1 coup, and critics of the junta say the allegations against her are aimed to prevent her from ever returning to politics.

The trials are being held behind closed doors, and defence attorneys, who were previously the only source of information on the proceedings, have been placed under a gag order.

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