Aung San Suu Kyi didn’t have enough time with lawyers: legal team chief

Myanmar’s ousted leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Mant have not been given the right to a full trial, according to lawyers representing both.

His lawyer, Khin Maung Jaw, said police had given his clients only minutes to file a lawsuit in person.

“Time is not enough, there is not enough time to discuss those cases,” he told CNBC “Capital Connection” Wednesday.

“I think the pre-trial rights and … access to legal advice for defendants – the rights of Da Aung San Suu Kyi and Yu Win Mant are not enough, and they are not fully provided,” he said.

I can’t say for sure, so far they have been given proper trial rights.

Khin Maung Zaw

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer

Myanmar’s military staged a revolt on February 1 against Suu Kyi’s elected government – the Nobel Peace Prize winner and de-fiction leader of the civilian government. He and the president were both arrested, and the military claimed voter fraud in last year’s democratic election.

Win Myint has happened Allegations of violating the constitution, Suu Kyi, meanwhile, has been accused of violating state secrecy laws by illegally holding walkie-talkies.

His lawyer said he was instructed to defend himself on the grounds that the ownership of the equipment was not against the law.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counselor, appeared before the United Nations International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace in The Hague on the afternoon of the second day of the Rohingya genocide trial.

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Asked if Suu Kyi would take a fair case, her lawyer said it was her duty to trust Myanmar’s courts as legal professionals working in the country’s legal system.

“But through our experience in this case, we are not satisfied with the opportunity given to the defendants,” said Khin Maung Jaw.

“I can’t say for sure that so far they have been given a fair trial,” he said. “He had to go through a lot of difficulties trying to file a power of attorney.”

On Monday, Myanmar’s state media broadcast Suu Kyi’s picture for the first time.

Khin Mung Jaw told Reuters that Suu Kyi appeared to be in good health when she met him, but that he did not have access to the newspaper when he was detained.

In response to the coupon, Thousands of Myanmar people took to the streets Protests against the army and clashes with officials turned violent on several occasions. According to the Association of Political Prisoners, 882 people have been killed and more than 400 arrested since the army seized power and declared a state of emergency for a year.


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