Aung San Suu Kyi, Australian Advisor Charged in Myanmar with Official Secrets Violations

April 1, 2021, 09.59 PM
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a joint press conference with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Reports says Monday, February 1, 2021 a military coup has taken place in Myanmar and Suu Kyi has been detained under house arrest. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File) AP PHOTO/AUNG SHINE OOFILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a joint press conference with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Reports says Monday, February 1, 2021 a military coup has taken place in Myanmar and Suu Kyi has been detained under house arrest. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)


KOMPAS.com – Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her Australian economics advisor, Sean Turnell, have reportedly been charged with violating the country's colonial-era official secrets act.

Suu Kyi, three of her deposed cabinet ministers, and Turnell were charged a week ago in a Yangon court, lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told Reuters by phone, adding he learned of the new charge two days ago. A conviction under the law can carry a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

A spokesman for the junta did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.

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Suu Kyi has been detained since a February 1 coup and is also charged with violating coronavirus protocols and illegally possessing two-way radios.

The ruling military council has also accused her of bribery. Suu Kyi, who is 75 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar, appeared via video link for a hearing in connection with the earlier charges on Thursday.

Another of her lawyers, Min Min Soe, said she appeared to be in good health.

"Amay Su and President U Win Myint are in good health," the lawyer said, referring to Suu Kyi by an affectionate term for mother.

Also readAnother Day of Coup Protests in Myanmar Ends in Bloodshed

The president, a Suu Kyi ally, was also deposed and detained in the coup. He too faces various charges.

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