Human Rights Watch says that the allegations being heard in a special court in the capital, Naypyitaw, are “bogus and politically motivated” with the intention of preventing the deposed leader from running for office again.
Thursday was only the second time an outside visitor was able to see ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi since she was detained during the coup.
The southeast Asian country has been rocked by almost daily protests since the army overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government and installed the junta on February 1.
The army seized power this month after alleging fraud in a November 8 election swept by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, arresting her and much of the party's leadership. UK announced sanctions against 6 military figures.
Protesters gathered near the US Embassy in Yangon despite barriers blocking the way, but left to avoid a confrontation after 20 military trucks with riot police arrived nearby.
Much of the country has been in open revolt since troops deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, with disparate strands of Myanmar society uniting to protest against a return to military rule.
“They can shoot a young woman, but they can’t steal the hope and resolve of a determined people,” UN special rapporteur Tom Andrews said after reports of police using deadly force against protesters.
Statement issued in the name of executive members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party says authorities began raiding their offices in Mandalay and other regions and seized documents and laptop computers.
Following a military coup that saw the country's democratically elected leaders arrested, phone and internet connections were disrupted in the main city Yangon and the capital Naypyitaw and some other parts of the country.
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