YANGON: Myanmar police have filed charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allegedly illegally importing communications equipment and she will be detained until Feb 15, according to a police document seen by Reuters on Wednesday (Feb 3).
Myanmar’s army seized power on Monday, detaining Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and cutting short a transition to democracy in a takeover that has drawn condemnation from the United States and other Western countries.
A police request to a court detailing the accusations against Aung San Suu Kyi said walkie-talkie radios had been found in a search of her home in the capital, Naypyidaw. It said the radios were imported illegally and used without permission.
The document reviewed on Wednesday requested Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention “in order to question witnesses, request evidence and seek legal counsel after questioning the defendant”.
A separate document showed police filed charges against ousted President Win Myint for offences under the Disaster Management Law.
Reuters was not immediately able to reach the police, the government or the court for comment.
Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party said earlier in a statement that its offices had been raided in several regions and urged authorities to stop what it called unlawful acts after its victory in a Nov 8 election.
“We have got reliable information that Dakhinathiri court has given a 14-day remand from February 1 to February 15 against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under the charge of violating the import/export law,” Kyi Toe, NLD press officer, wrote in an update on his official Facebook page.
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Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling party were detained in an early morning raid on Monday.
Army chief Min Aung Hlaing seized power on the grounds of fraud in a Nov 8 election, which the NLD won in a landslide. The electoral commission had said the vote it was fair.
Suu Kyi endured about 15 years of house arrest between 1989 and 2010 as she led the country’s democracy movement and she remains hugely popular at home despite damage to her international reputation over the flight of Muslim Rohingya refugees in 2017.
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