Myanmar court delays verdict in Suu Kyi incitement trial – Source

by AFP

NAYPYIDAW (Myanmar) – A Myanmar junta court on Tuesday postponed giving a verdict in the incitement trial of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi (picture), a source close to the case told AFP.

The court, which had been due to rule on her trial for incitement against the military, adjourned the verdict “until Dec 6,” said the source.

The 76-year-old Suu Kyi has been detained since the generals ousted her government in the early hours of Feb 1, ending Myanmar’s brief democratic interlude.

The Nobel laureate faces three years in prison if found guilty of incitement against the military, as well as a catalogue of other charges that could see her jailed for decades.

Journalists have been barred from proceedings in the special court in the military-built capital Naypyidaw and Suu Kyi’s lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the media.

In recent weeks, the trials of other ranking members of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy have wrapped up, with the junta doling out harsh sentences.

A former chief minister was sentenced to 75 years in jail earlier this month, while a close Suu Kyi aide was jailed for 20.

More than 1,200 people have been killed and over 10,000 arrested in a crackdown on dissent since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.