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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pleads not guilty in incitement trial

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pleads not guilty in incitement trial

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi could be jailed for decades, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said. The military government has put deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi on another trial for incitement.

The Nobel laureate has been under house arrest ever since February when the junta took power in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested while the coup sparked a mass uprising. Since then, the meetings with her lawyers and court appearances her only link to the outside world.

The 76-year-old politician pleaded not guilty to charges of incitement, her lawyer said on Tuesday. Deposed President Win Myint has also pleaded not guilty to incitement.

Describing Aung San Suu Kyi’s status, he said she “seemed to be in good health”, a week after she skipped a separate hearing because she felt unwell. According to the legal team, each charge carries a maximum of three years in prison.

Next month she will face a new trial on corruption charges, and she has also been charged with violating a colonial-era secrecy law, although this has also yet to come to court.

Her NLD government was deposed by the military over unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud during the 2020 polls, in which it trounced a political party aligned with the generals, Al Jazeera reported.