Burmese authorities have indicted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, overthrown in a coup on Monday, accusing her of breaking a trade rule, a spokesperson for her party said on Wednesday. A court “ordered his pre-trial detention for a period of fourteen days, from February 1 to 15, accusing him of violating an import/export law,” Kyi Toe, spokesperson for the League, wrote on Facebook. National for Democracy (LND). Former President Win Myint is charged with violating the law on the management of natural disasters, he said.
The army abruptly ended the country’s fragile democratic transition on Monday, establishing a state of emergency for one year and arresting Suu Kyi, 75, de facto head of the civilian government, and other party officials. The army has promised new elections once the one-year state of emergency is lifted.
The NLD called on Facebook for the immediate “release” of Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, and his other officials, denouncing a “stain in the history of the state” and calling on the army to “recognize the result ”of the November elections. A party spokesperson said no direct contact had been made with Suu Kyi, although neighbors saw her walking in the garden of her official residence surrounded by walls.