Myanmar’s jailed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called on the country’s pro-democracy people to unite. Suu Kyi, who has been incarcerated for more than a year, gave a message to the people of this country for the first time.
Reuters quoted a reliable source close to his trial as saying in a court in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar’s capital, on Monday.
“Aung San Suu Kyi has called on the people of the country to unite,” he told Reuters. “Everyone has a different point of view, and we should respect that difference and discuss it with patience,” he said.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Reuters did not release the man’s name for security reasons.
Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup on February 1, 2021, accusing it of rigging the 2020 national election. The country’s army chief, Min Aung Hlaing, led the coup.
On the night of February 1, 8-year-old Suu Kyi was arrested by the junta, capturing several thousand leaders and activists of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), at various levels.
The junta has filed several corruption cases against Suu Kyi since her arrest. The trial is being held in a military-controlled court in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. If convicted in all cases, Suu Kyi will spend more than 150 years in prison.
Reuters contacted several military spokesmen for comment, but no one declined to comment.
The man involved in the Suu Kyi trial told Reuters the verdict in a case against the NLD leader would be announced next week. According to the lawsuit, Suu Kyi took gold and cash as bribes in exchange for giving benefits to a foreign company.
Suu Kyi, however, has always claimed that she is innocent.