Myanmar’s junta denies ousted leaders access to legal representation..Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint haven’t seen legal teams since December

Radio Free Asia reports ..

 

Myanmar’s deposed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint have not been allowed to meet with their legal team since their trials ended in December of last year, Radio Free Asia has learned.

The two leaders were the most senior members of Myanmar’s democratically elected government when it was overthrown by the country’s military in a coup in February 2021. Suu Kyi has been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison in 19 corruption cases, whereas Win Myint has been sentenced to a total of 12 years in eight cases.

The legal team requested to meet with their clients in mid-January, but the military junta authorities have not granted them permission, a source close to the legal team, who requested anonymity for security reasons, told RFA’s Burmese Service.

“I am very worried because the legal team’s request to see them was not granted, and we know nothing about whether the detained leaders are in good health,” he said. “I do believe that the team should be allowed to see them. They need instructions for [legal processes.]”

Suu Kyi, 78, is held alone inside a small building inside the Naypyidaw Prison. The legal team has said that they were allowed to send necessities to her in the prison once per week, but they have not been allowed to meet her since December.

Authorities transferred Win Myint, 72, to Taungoo Prison in the southern Bago region on Jan. 14.

have not been allowed to meet with their legal team since their trials ended in December of last year, Radio Free Asia has learned.

The two leaders were the most senior members of Myanmar’s democratically elected government when it was overthrown by the country’s military in a coup in February 2021. Suu Kyi has been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison in 19 corruption cases, whereas Win Myint has been sentenced to a total of 12 years in eight cases.

The legal team requested to meet with their clients in mid-January, but the military junta authorities have not granted them permission, a source close to the legal team, who requested anonymity for security reasons, told RFA’s Burmese Service.

“I am very worried because the legal team’s request to see them was not granted, and we know nothing about whether the detained leaders are in good health,” he said. “I do believe that the team should be allowed to see them. They need instructions for [legal processes.]”

Suu Kyi, 78, is held alone inside a small building inside the Naypyidaw Prison. The legal team has said that they were allowed to send necessities to her in the prison once per week, but they have not been allowed to meet her since December.

Authorities transferred Win Myint, 72, to Taungoo Prison in the southern Bago region on Jan. 14.

Source:  https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/lawyers-02272023175330.html