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Suu Kyi’s Lawyer Soldiers On ‘In Defence Of Democracy’

Aung San Suu Kyi’s representative lawyer stays in different accommodations each night to avoid arrest, saying her trial will help Myanmar people decide whether to become military “slaves” again. ..

Soldiers raided the residence of a private leader, detained her in a pre-dawn raid three weeks ago, effectively ending a decade of testing on Myanmar’s democracy.

The new junta has promised to hold elections within a year, but so far the junta has exercised power over all political institutions in the country, including courts.

Khin Maung Zaw has an unlicensed walkie-talkie and is tasked with protecting her from two vague accusations of violating coronavirus restrictions.





Khin Maung Zaw has an unlicensed walkie-talkie and is tasked with protecting her from two vague accusations of violating coronavirus restrictions.
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“Myanmar is now at an important point in history,” the 73-year-old told AFP by phone from the national capital, Naypyidaw, looking back over weeks of national protests demanding the release of clients.

“If you lose, you will be a slave to the military junta for 40 or 50 years. You have to win this battle.”

Military junta has already taken action to wipe out the Supreme Court of a country that could be Suu Kyi’s sympathizer, and Kin Maung Sau’s briefs have been thoroughly piled up against him.

Despite some requests, he has not yet been granted permission to meet his clients prior to the March 1 hearing.

“If I don’t get permission to meet her for a hearing, I’ll let the world know that the trial isn’t fair,” he said.



Khin Maung Zaw spent a total of 9 years behind the bar


Khin Maung Zaw spent a total of 9 years behind the bar
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He also strengthened his own safety precautions due to the “indirect pressure” given to him by his relatives.

“At night, I have to leave my house and stay at someone else’s house,” he told AFP.

Born in Pyinmana in 1948. Pyinmana says he is accustomed to threats from powerful military forces in a town on the outskirts of the capital, built by the former military junta.



Khin Maung Zaw could not yet see his client, Aung San Suu Kyi, despite some requests to the police.


Khin Maung Zaw could not yet see his client, Aung San Suu Kyi, despite some requests to the police.
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He was first imprisoned at the age of 17 after protesting the former dictatorship for distributing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights throughout the university campus in Mandalay.

He was sent to the infamous Coco Islands prison, 400 km (250 miles) from the coast of Myanmar.

He says it was “the equivalent of Gulag.” It was later demolished after the prisoners went on a hunger strike to protest the dire situation on the island.

Released in 1972, he was arrested again three years later for participating in student demonstrations. He spent a total of nine years behind the bar.

“I have overcome all these executions and oppressions, so I have no reason to be afraid of myself,” he said.

Since the coup, authorities have steadily stepped up the use of force to contain the large-scale civil disobedience campaign that is sweeping the country.

Khin Maung Zaw is amazed at their motivation, but at least three anti-coup demonstrators have been killed so far and are afraid of their safety.

“Sparks are sparks,” he said. “In the past, when the army was desperate, they would do anything.”

His last notable case was defending Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyo Sou Wu.

Both men spent nearly 18 months in prison for reporting atrocities against the stateless Rohingya minority.

The incident confronted the Suu Kyi administration, which defended the military attack on the Rohingya community, and, according to US diplomats, once called the reporter a “traitor.”

However, Kin Maung Sau said he did not consider the “personal side” of the case, which was less important than the country’s efforts to avoid a return to the junta.

“I’m not representing Aung San Suu Kyi as a person. I’m representing a publicly elected person under military attack,” he says.

“It all defends democracy.”



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