Myanmar coup: Military leaders charge Aung San Suu Kyi with possessing illegal radios

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Feb. 3 (UPI) — Detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was charged Wednesday with possessing illegal radios at her home, according to military officials who were part of the coup that seized power earlier this week.

A police document said the military found four of the radios when they raided her home, where she’s been under arrest since the takeover on Monday. The charge says the hand-held radios were illegally imported and used without permission.

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Authorities said Suu Kyi will remain in detention until at least Feb. 15.

Suu Kyi could face up to 2 years in jail on the charge.

Suu Kyi was arrested during the military coup on Monday, along with ousted President Win Myint, who was charged Wednesday with violating COVID-19 rules during a campaign rally.

The Myanmar military took control of Suu Kyi’s government after dismissing the nation’s election in November as fraudulent and illegitimate. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party won the vote in a landslide.

The military on Wednesday also gave the newly assembled members of Myanmar Parliament 24 hours to leave Naypyidaw, the capital, The Irwadaddy reported.

Military leaders continue to maintain that the election was stolen, despite election observers saying the vote was fair.

The military has said it would issue a state of emergency for 12 months and then hold a new election.

U.S. President Joe Biden and United Nations leaders have condemned the coup.

Government hospital staff in major cities announced a civil disobedience action against the military, which called for doctors and nurses to walk off the job.

“We can save only some lives of our patients while we are on duty,” said Dr. Hein Wint War. “But the hope of several hundred people will be lost per day under a military dictatorship if we keep silent about the coup.”