Myanmar’s Aung San Kuu Kyi Charged

Aung San Suu Kyi
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After the recent Military Coup, several charges have been filed against elected leader Aung San Kuu Kyi by the Myanmar Police. The charges include possession of illegal communication devices, and reaching the import and export laws of the country. She is to remain in police custody until February 15th. There is no official and confirmed information regarding her whereabouts. There is speculation that the leader is being at her residence which is in Nay Pyi Taw, the Capital of the Country. 

Police also charged President Win Myint for violating the rules of social gatherings during the pandemic situation. He is also remanded in police custody for two weeks. Ever since the military took over the country during the early hours of Monday, no new information about the whereabouts of the two leaders has been released officially. The Coup was led by the Army Chief, Min Aung Hlaing, has installed the 11 member Junta which is ruling the country under a state of emergency. The army justified its actions and the course of events by stating that several discrepancies happened during the elections where National League for Democracy (NLD) won the maximum votes to form the government. 

The First Initial Report - FIR - has been submitted to the Court against the female leader and the President. The FIR stated that illegal walkie-talkies have been found in her residence and she has been detained so that the officials can find out further information about the case. 

On the other hand, Mr. Win Myint has been charged with under the National Disaster Management Law because of his alleged meeting with the supporters of the 220-vehicle motorcade during the election campaign. This went against the COVID norms that have been imposed in the wake of the deadly infection spreading rapidly in the region. 

The Military strongly claims that the National Unity is at stake and any leader charged with illegal activity accusations cannot form the office. This will stop Aung San Suu Kyi from taking the office. The reasons behind the military coup received criticism and condemnation from different regions of the world. The wide popularity of Aung San Suu who has won almost every election she was a part of, can also be a reason why the military wants to take the reins back into its hands. 

Several protests and medical staff silent protests have started in the region to restore the democracy that was pretty short-lived in the region.