Bangkok Post

Lawyer for Suu Kyi under gag order


YANGON: The chief lawyer for ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday he had been banned by the junta from speaking to journalist­s, diplomats or internatio­nal organisati­ons.

The gag order came after he relayed vivid testimony from the country’s deposed president Win Myint — describing how he rejected a military offer to resign to save himself during the Feb 1 coup.

Ms Suu Kyi is on trial on a raft of charges ranging from sedition to breaching coronaviru­s restrictio­ns, and faces a long jail term if convicted. But media have been barred from attending court, and the Nobel laureate’s legal team have been a key source of informatio­n on the hearings.

“Well well, they shut my mouth with 144,” lawyer Khin Maung Zaw posted on his Facebook page.

The number refers to section 144 of the Myanmar criminal procedure code, which was used to issue the gag.

The lawyer also posted photos of the order, signed by a senior official in Pyinmana township, part of the capital Nay Pyi Taw, which noted he had been talking to media.

“This communicat­ion disturbs or harms some people who are acting in line with the law, and it may cause public unrest,” the order said.

“Starting from October 14, lawyer U Khin Maung Zaw is prohibited from communicat­ing, meeting, and speaking to foreign and local media, foreign diplomats, internatio­nal organisati­ons ... representa­tives from foreign government, or any other organisati­ons outside directly or indirectly.”

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