Aung San Suu Kyi and Australian adviser accused of breaking secret law in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi and her Australian economic adviser are among several people charged with violating Myanmar’s Official Colonial Secrets Act. This is an escalation of the junta’s campaign against the deposed civilian leader, which overthrew its government two months ago.

Her lawyer exposed the new allegations when the UN Security Council was warned that Myanmar was threatened by civil war and an impending “bloodbath” if the military rulers continue to violently suppress the protest movement that has arisen since the coup.

Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) have been jailed since the coup, and the junta previously charged them with several minor offenses, including illegally importing six handheld radios and violating coronavirus protocols.

Her chief attorney, Khin Maung Zaw, said Aung San Suu Kyi, three of her deposed cabinet ministers and a Imprisoned Australian economist Sean Turnell, were charged under the Official Secrets Act in a Yangon court a week ago, and he learned of the new charges two days ago.

A conviction under the law can result in a prison sentence of up to 14 years. A junta spokesman did not answer phone calls seeking comment.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, who won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote democracy Myanmar, appeared on video link for a hearing related to the previous indictments on Thursday. Another of her lawyers, Min Min Soe, said she was in good health.

“Amay Su and President U Win Myint are in good health,” said the attorney, referring to the deposed leader, an affectionate term for mother. Win Myint, an ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, was also deposed and detained in the coup. He too faces various charges. Their lawyers have said that charges are being brought against both of them.

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The British government tried on Thursday to increase pressure on the regime through sanctions against a militarily affiliated conglomerate and additional funding for a facility that investigates and holds evidence of serious human rights violations in the country where at least 520 democracy protesters have been killed since February 1st according to an estimate by the UN.

“Two months after the coup began, the Myanmar military has sunk to a new low with the willful killing of innocent people, including children,” said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “The UK’s recent action is targeting one of the military’s major streams of funding.”

A closed session of the UN Security Council on Thursday was told that the country’s order could collapse without action.

“I appeal to this council to examine all available instruments to take joint action and do the right thing for the people of Myanmar and prevent a multidimensional disaster in the heart of Asia,” said Special Envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener. said delegates.

Protesters burn a copy of Myanmar’s constitution in Mandalay. Photo: EPA

She said she was open to dialogue with the junta but added, “If we just wait for them to speak, The soil situation will only worsen. A bloodbath is imminent. “

Myanmar’s alternative civil government, the CRPH, founded by MPs who went into hiding after the coup, invalidated the 2008 Constitution, which automatically gave the military a quarter of the seats in parliament and a constitutional veto.

The CRPH announced a “federal democracy charter” on social media to serve as a transitional constitution. The move, while symbolic rather than practical, could help convince the armed militias run by the country’s ethnic minorities to ally with the CPRH and the mass protest movement against the seizure of power.

The new framework includes an administrative government of “national unity” who will run the country until a permanent constitution can be passed at a meeting. The junta has declared the CRPH an illegal body guilty of treason.

About 40 protesters marched through residential streets in downtown Yangon on Thursday afternoon. On the first street, residents applauded from their balconies as protesters laid out a copy of the military-drafted constitution and set it on fire. Revolutionary chants filled the air as one of the attendees said the charter, which would ensure the troops stay in parliament with elected officials, had finally ended.

“Of course we are worried about the soldiers or the police who are coming now,” she said. “You have guns and we have nothing.”

Two men ran towards the crowd and signaled that security forces had arrived, triggering a run for cover. When the police were found not to be coming, the protesters gathered again, wiped the ashes from the fire and continued their march, leaving a rectangle of soot on the asphalt.

On Saturday the military launched the first Air strikes in Karen state 20 years after a rebel group captured a military base, they feared a return to armed conflict in the ethnically diverse nation.

“The cruelty of the military is too severe and many [armed ethnic fighters] take clear opposition positions and increase the possibility of civil war on an unprecedented scale, ”said Burgener. “Unless the atrocities escalate further, the world will cost so much more in the long term than investing in prevention now.”

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