Trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi begins in Myanmar

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Bangkok – trial of Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi began Monday, as country’s military leaders continue to clamp down unrest since their coup in February.

75-year-old Nobel peace prize laureate is accused of a dozen different crimes.

She has been under arrest since military coup Feb. 1.

Observers believe the military aims to silence Suu Kyi long-term, as she faces long sentences.

She is accused, among other things, of violating foreign trade rules and rules, as well as of inciting unrest and misuse of land.

Most recently she has also been accused of .

Suu Kyi’s said they would reveal details about the trial in the afternoon.

Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director of Rights Watch, described the charges against Suu Kyi as “bogus, and politically motivated by the intention to nullify her landslide election victory in the November 2020 election and prevent her from ever running for office again.”

“All these charges should be dropped, resulting in her immediate and unconditional .

“But sadly, with the restrictions on access to her , and the case being heard in front of a court is wholly beholden to the military junta, there is little likelihood she receive a fair trial,” Robertson said.

Myanmar has sunk into chaos and violence since a military coup in early February.

The have brutally cracked down on any form of dissent.

According to the non- Assistance for Political Prisoners (AAPP), at least 863 people have been and more than 6,000 arrested. (NAN)