A detained politician faces a plethora of charges, including accepting illegal payments and breaking colonial-era law.
the trial of ousted ruler of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi took off, more than four months after a military coup.
On Monday, the court heard a police major testify that Aung San Suu Kyi violated coronavirus restrictions in last year’s election his National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide. , while another testified on separate charges accusing him of illegally importing and possessing a walkie. -speeches, his lawyer Min Min Soe told AFP news agency.
Military leaders brought a load raft against Aung San Suu Kyi, including allegations that she accepted illegal payments of gold and violated a colonial-era secrecy law.
Aung San Suu Kyi faced additional bribery charges Thursday after claiming she illegally accepted $ 600,000 in cash and about 11 kg (24.2 pounds) of gold.
Journalists were banned from proceeding in the special court in the capital Naypyidaw, but an AFP reporter said there was a heavy police presence outside.
Lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi, who struggled to gain access to their client, say they expect the trial to end by July 26.
A separate trial is due to open on Tuesday on charges of sedition she faces alongside ousted President Win Myint and another senior member of the NLD.
If found guilty on all counts, Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, faces more than ten years in prison.
“This is a show trial motivated only by political reasons,” Debbie Stothard, coordinator of the ASEAN Alternative Network on Burma, told AFP.
“Min Aung Hlaing [military chief] is determined to lock up Aung San Suu Kyi for the rest of her life. If he could, he would probably charge her under all available laws.
Human Rights Watch said the allegations were “false and politically motivated” in an attempt to undo the NLD victory and prevent Aung San Suu Kyi from running again.
“This trial is clearly the first salvo in a comprehensive strategy to neutralize Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy party as a force capable of challenging the military regime in the future,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of the organization for Asia.
Almost daily protests have shaken Myanmar since the generals’ putsch on February 1. A mass uprising has met with brutal military repression that has killed more than 850 civilians, according to a local watch group.