Myanmar court defers verdicts in Suu Kyi trial to Jan 10

The court had been due to rule on charges on
Monday that included the possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, the second of
nearly a dozen cases against Suu Kyi that carry a combined sentence of more
than 100 years in prison. She denies all charges.

Supporters of Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, 76, say
the cases against her are baseless and designed to end once and for all the
challenge she poses to the military’s grip on power.

The daughter of the hero of Myanmar’s
independence from Britain, Suu Kyi led a civilian government until it was
ousted and she was detained in a Feb 1 military coup.

She is already serving a two-year sentence at
an undisclosed location after being found guilty on Dec 7 on charges of
incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions.

Suu Kyi spent years under house arrest for her
opposition to military rule but was freed in 2010 and led her National League
for Democracy to a landslide victory in a 2015 election.

Her party won again in November last year but
the military said the vote was rigged and seized power weeks later. The election
commission at the time dismissed the military’s complaint.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup
with hundreds of people killed in protests and fighting against the army.

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