Myanmar’s ousted leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint haven’t been given their full pre-trial rights, in response to a lawyer representing each of them.
Their lawyer Khin Maung Zaw mentioned the police gave him solely half-hour to debate the court docket instances together with his shoppers in particular person.
“The time isn’t ample, not sufficient to debate about these instances,” he instructed CNBC’s “Capital Connection” on Wednesday.
“I feel that pre-trial rights and the rights of … entry to authorized recommendation for the defendants – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Win Myint – aren’t sufficient, and never precisely wholly granted to them,” he mentioned.
Myanmar’s navy staged a coup on Feb. 1 towards the elected authorities of Suu Kyi — a Nobel peace laureate and the de facto chief of the civilian authorities. Each herself and the president had been arrested and the navy claimed there was voter fraud in final yr’s democratic election.
Win Myint has been accused of breaching the structure, whereas Suu Kyi faces fees starting from breaking a state secrets and techniques legislation to illegally possessing walkie-talkies.
Her lawyer mentioned he has been instructed to defend her on the idea that proudly owning these units isn’t towards the legislation.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi seems on earlier than the UN’s Worldwide Court docket of Justice on December 11, 2019 within the Peace Palace of The Hague, on the second day of her listening to on the Rohingya genocide case.
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When requested about whether or not Suu Kyi will obtain a good trial, their lawyer mentioned he has an obligation to belief the courts of Myanmar as a authorized skilled working within the nation’s authorized system.
“However by our expertise for this case, we’re not happy with the alternatives given to the defendants,” Khin Maung Zaw mentioned.
“I can’t say for certain that, as much as the current, they’re given truthful trial rights,” he mentioned, including that he had “many difficulties” when he tried to file an influence of lawyer.
On Monday, Myanmar state media aired photos of Suu Kyi for the primary time because the coup.
Khin Maung Zaw instructed Reuters that Suu Kyi regarded like she was in good well being when he met her, although she mentioned she had no entry to newspapers whereas being detained.
In response to the coup, 1000’s of individuals in Myanmar took to the streets to protest towards the navy, and clashes with authorities turned violent on some events. Based on the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners, about 828 folks have been killed and greater than 5,400 folks have been arrested because the military seized energy and declared a one-year state of emergency.