Myanmar coup leader mount criminal charges against Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar politician Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with a second criminal charge when she appeared in court via video link on Tuesday.

Ms Suu Kyi was earlier charged with possessing illegal walkie-talkies, is now also alleged to have violated the country’s Natural Disaster Law.

It is not clear what the new charge, issued on Tuesday, relates to.

Myanmar’s coup leader has promised to hold fresh elections and relinquish power as protests continue.

Meanwhile, anti-coup demonstrations demanding democracy and release of their elected leaders, including Ms Suu Kyi continued.

The military warned to jail anti-coup protesters for up to 20 years if they obstruct the armed forces.

The junta has been regularly blocking access to internet to stifle dissent since the coup began.

The UN has warned Myanmar’s military that there would be “severe consequences” for any brutal suppression of the ongoing anti-coup protests there.

Military Justify Coup:

The coup took place as a new session of parliament was set to open. The military declared a year-long state of emergency and handed over power to Commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing.

In the November 8 general elections, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, NLD won 83% of available seats. But the military disputed the election results.

The fears of coup rose after the election commission rejected the military’s allegations of fraud elections.

This was just the second election since the end of military rule in 2011.