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After Myanmar Coup, Aung San Suu Kyi Accused of Illegally Importing Walkie Talkies

Aung San Suu Kyi

has been remanded in custody for two weeks about allegations of having illegally imported walkie talkies, a spokesman for her political celebration said, two times after Myanmar’s military seized electric power from her civilian-operate govt in a coup.

She will continue being in detention at her home in Naypyitaw, the nation’s cash, while authorities examine, the spokesman, Win Htein, said.

The police document detailing the allegations was dated Feb. one, when the country’s potent military detained Ms. Suu Kyi in a predawn raid, hours right before army-operate tv declared that the military chief experienced taken charge of the state. The obscure allegation was tiny extra than a suggests to justify Ms. Suu Kyi’s detention, which shook the state and drew prevalent world-wide condemnation, industry experts and human-legal rights groups say.

The military and police did not respond to requests for remark.

The coup marked a sudden reversal of Myanmar’s fragile changeover from military rule to democracy, which started about a 10 years back. Myanmar’s military statements elections held in November, which were being received by Ms. Suu Kyi’s celebration in a landslide, were being marred by voter fraud. Election officers have denied the statements.

Myanmar’s military declared it was taking about the state for a yr as it detained civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of her celebration. Here’s how the coup played out on the floor, and what it suggests for the nation’s democratic changeover. Photograph: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA/Shutterstock

Ms. Suu Kyi, who opposed the generals for a long time right before the democratic changeover started, invested 15 decades underneath home arrest all through that time. In 2009, she was currently detained at her lakeside property when her sentence was prolonged about an incident involving a male who swam throughout the lake to meet up with her. Ms. Suu Kyi was charged with violating the conditions of her home arrest, according to Human Rights Watch.

This time, the police document, observed by The Wall Street Journal, said soldiers experienced searched Ms. Suu Kyi’s home all through the raid on Monday, wherever they found ten walkie talkies authorities alleged experienced been illegally imported. Ms. Suu Kyi could be imprisoned for up to a few decades if she is found responsible.

Her celebration spokesman said ousted President

Win Myint

was also remanded. He was accused of violating a disaster-management regulation when he met with supporters at a campaign rally right before the November polls.

“The military is using the legislation as a suggests to carry on to detain the two Suu Kyi and Win Myint,” said

John Quinley,

a human-legal rights expert for the Bangkok-centered advocacy team Fortify Rights. “The coup is bringing Myanmar back again to the dark times.”

A variety of environment leaders, which include President


have named on the army to quickly reverse program. But the army has said its steps are justified.

Prolonging Ms. Suu Kyi’s detention is likely to upset her supporters, who have currently shown discontent about the coup. Her Nationwide League for Democracy celebration remains popular throughout the state, as mirrored by the success of the November elections. The celebration received 396 of 476 seats contested.

“The army is doubling down,” said

Laetitia van den Assum,

a diplomatic qualified and former Dutch ambassador. “They have a heritage of hoping to use rule of regulation as a slender veneer to hide their authentic drivers.”

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Appeared in the February 4, 2021, print version as ‘Myanmar Detains Suu Kyi for Two Weeks.’