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Myanmar court postpones verdict in the trial case of former leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

A Myanmar court in the military-ruled country, on Monday, has postponed the verdict against the former leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

A Myanmar junta court, on Monday, postponed the verdict in the Aung San Suu Kyi trial case for illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies to January 10. The Nobel laureate has been in detention since the military coup in the country. Her supporters have been demanding her release and they believe that the charges against her are nothing but baseless accusations. The court has not precisely given any reason for the postponement of the verdict.

Suu Kyi was due to hear the verdict on cases against her but the court adjourned the verdict until January 2022, the next year. Suu is already serving a two-year sentence after she was found guilty on December 7 on charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions. Earlier, she had served house arrest for her opposition to the military rule and was set free in the year 2010. Later, she led her party National League for Democracy to a thumping victory in the 2015 elections. Her party was voted back to power last year in November but the military said that the elections were rigged. Later, the military did a coup and acquired the power. 

As per the reports, if found guilty, Aung San Suu Kyi has to serve three years in prison. Further, she is also charged with a plethora of corruption charges, each of which is punishable by 15 years in jail. In separate proceedings, she was accused of violating the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum term of 14 years. Media persons have been stopped from attending the hearing that is currently ongoing in a special court in Naypyidaw and further, her lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the media.

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