Slim chance for Suu Kyi at Myanmar’s kangaroo courts

Concern for the future of Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi is mounting after her appearance in a purpose-built courtroom in the country’s capital Naypyidaw at the start of what is expected to be a seven-week trial.

Since the coup on February 1, little has been seen of Suu Kyi, and her future appears uncertain after the initial court proceedings.

Initially charged with the illegal possession of walkie-talkies, charges against the pro-democracy leader have escalated dramatically. She now stands accused of various counts of corruption that, if she is found guilty, could result in what is effectively a life sentence.

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