YANGON (AFP) – After the UN Security Council demanded for her release, a Myanmar military court is due to hear final arguments for the last remaining charges against incarcerated democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday.
Suu Kyi has been imprisoned since the military overthrew her government in February 2021, therefore ending Southeast Asia’s brief stint of democracy.
The 77-year-old Nobel laureate has previously been convicted on 14 counts ranging from corruption to unlawfully importing walkie-talkies and violating the Official Secrets Act.
The trial has been labelled a farce by rights organisations, and the UN Security Council called on the government to free Suu Kyi in its first resolution on the situation in Myanmar since the coup on Wednesday.
The resolution represented a period of relative Council unity when permanent members and key junta allies China and Russia abstained, preferring not to use vetoes in response to language changes.
According to a source familiar with the matter, Suu Kyi’s defence team and junta attorneys are scheduled to present final arguments on Monday over the five remaining corruption counts.
The verdict would be issued “after that stage,” the source added, adding that no date has been established.
Typically, verdicts in Suu Kyi’s earlier cases came days after final arguments.
Each corruption charge carries a potential sentence of 15 years in prison. Suu Kyi had been sentenced to three years in prison in prior corruption charges.