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Myanmar: Detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces new charge under official secrets law

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Myanmar’s detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been slapped with another charge on Thursday, making it a total of five charged since the military overthrew the government and took charge on February 1.
The charge is related to the indictment of Australian economist Sean Turnell, Suu Kyi’s former adviser, who has been detained for violating the country’s colonial-era official secrets act, informed her lawyer Min Min Soe.
The lawyer further informed that Suu Kyi was additionally charged under the official secrets act, together with four others, at a Yangon court a week ago and the next hearing will be on April 8.
Suu Kyi has been indicted on four other charges since the coup. She was charged for illegally importing walkie-talkies, flouting coronavirus restrictions, spreading information that fanned social unease, and receiving USD 600,000 and gold from the then chief minister of the Yangon Region.
On February 1, Myanmar’s military overthrew the government and declared a year-long state of emergency hours before the newly-elected parliament was due to convene.
Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, along with other top officials accused of election fraud, have been placed under house arrest.
The coup triggered mass protests in the country which were met by the junta with deadly violence, resulting in more than 500 people being killed since then.

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