Myanmar junta leader says Suu Kyi is healthy, will soon appear before court for trial

Myanmar’s junta leader Min Aung Hlaing mentioned deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was wholesome at residence and would appear in court in a couple of days, in his first interview since overthrowing her in a February 1 coup.

The coup has plunged the Southeast Asian nation into chaos and one among a number of ethnic armed teams against the ruling junta superior to assault a navy publish in a northwestern jade mining city on Saturday, native media mentioned.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her lengthy wrestle in opposition to earlier navy rulers, is amongst greater than 4,000 folks detained for the reason that coup. She faces costs that vary from illegally possessing walkie-talkie radios to violating a state secrets and techniques legislation.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health. She is at her home and healthy. She is going to face trial at the court in a few days,” Min Aung Hlaing mentioned by video hyperlink with the Hong Kong-based Chinese language broadcaster Phoenix Television, in excerpts launched on Saturday.

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The interviewer requested him what he considered the efficiency of Suu Kyi, 75, who is extensively admired within the nation of 53 million for her marketing campaign that had introduced tentative democratic reforms which have been reduce brief by the coup.

“She tried all she could,” Min Aung Hlaing responded.

Suu Kyi’s subsequent court look is due on Monday within the capital Naypyidaw. So far she has appeared solely by video hyperlink and as but to be allowed to talk on to her legal professionals.

The junta has cited safety causes for not permitting her to talk to her legal professionals in non-public at a time the navy authorities haven’t established management of the nation within the face of each day protests, strikes and renewed insurgencies.


The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) attacked a military publish at Hkamti township within the Sagaing area early on Saturday, the Irrawaddy and Mizzima on-line publications mentioned. Pictures confirmed columns of darkish smoke rising from the scene.

KIA spokesman Naw Bu advised Reuters he was conscious of the assault however may give no particulars. Reuters was unable to achieve a junta spokesman for remark.

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Mizzima mentioned the positioning attacked was close to a mining enterprise that includes the military-owned Myanma Economic Holdings Ltd. conglomerate. Independent broadcaster DVB mentioned three members of the safety forces had been wounded and 9 have been captured by the insurgents.

Reuters was unable to verify the experiences independently.

Since the coup, open battle resumed between the military and the KIA, which has been combating for larger autonomy for the Kachin folks for some six many years and has voiced help for anti-junta protesters.

Mizzima mentioned the military used jets in assaults on the KIA at Hkamti, a city on the Chindwin river in a distant area wealthy in jade and gold that lies about 50 km (30 miles) from the border with India.

The military has carried out quite a few bombing assaults on KIA positions in current weeks and has additionally clashed with ethnic armies within the east and west of Myanmar.

Security forces have killed not less than 812 folks for the reason that coup, in response to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group. The navy disputes this determine and says not less than two dozen members of the safety forces have additionally been killed.

Myanmar media reported {that a} soldier had been killed in a taking pictures within the business hub, Yangon, on Saturday.

The military seized energy alleging fraud in a November election received by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. The then electoral fee had rejected its accusations. On Friday, native media quoted an official of the brand new electoral fee appointed by the junta as saying there was a plan to dissolve the NLD.

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