Myanmar: Police file charges against NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi under import-export law

Image Credits: Creator: FRANK VAN BEEK  |  Credit: AFP
Image Credits: Creator: FRANK VAN BEEK | Credit: AFP

Myanmar police have filed restraining orders against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allegedly illegally importing communications equipment and sought detention until Feb 15, according to a police document as reported by Reuters on Wednesday.

Army chief Min Aung Hlaing ordered a coup and seized power on the grounds of fraud in a Nov 8 election, which the NLD won in a landslide. The electoral commission had said the vote was fair.

This major step taken by the military has gained criticism from leaders around the world. United Nations was quick to condemn such action followed by the USA and China who declined any role in the coup. People around the world are concerned about what’s next for Myanmar.

A police request to a court detailing the accusations against Aung San Suu Kyi said walkie-talkie radios had been found in a search of her home in the capital, Naypyidaw. It stated that the radios and Walkie Talkies were imported illegally and used against the law.

The document reviewed on Wednesday requested Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention “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 offenses under the Disaster Management Law.

No comment has been made yet by police, government, or Military.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party said earlier in a statement that its offices had been raided in several regions and urged authorities to stop what it called unlawful acts after its victory in a Nov 8 election.

“We have got reliable information that Dakhinathiri court has given a 14-day remand from February 1 to February 15 against Aung San Suu Kyi under the charge of violating the import/export law,” Kyi Toe, NLD press officer, wrote an update on his official Facebook page.

with inputs from Reuters

Publish : 2021-02-03 17:56:00

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