Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has denied the charges against her in the election fraud case, testifying today for the first time in the case in a court in the capital Naypyidaw, an official of the justice system said, the Associated Press reported, cited by BTA.

The military seized power from Suu Kyi's elected government in February last year, saying there had been massive vote fraud in the 2020 parliamentary elections, a claim that has not been confirmed by independent election monitors.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won those elections by a landslide, while the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party fared poorly.

A conviction in the election fraud case could see Suu Kyi's party disbanded and unable to participate in new elections, which the military has promised to be held in 2023.

Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being found guilty on charges of illegal importation and possession of the Wokitokit, violating coronavirus restrictions, inciting rebellion and corruption.

The allegation of electoral fraud was made in November by the state electoral commission, whose members were appointed by the military government.

The military fired the previous members of the commission, who had announced that there were no serious irregularities in the election.

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A justice system official familiar with the case said Suu Kyi told the court that she did not violate the constitution in conducting the 2020 parliamentary elections and did not influence the election commission in those elections and pleaded not guilty.

Further details of what she said were not released because her lawyers are prohibited from releasing information about the case.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Suu Kyi appeared to be in good health.

All hearings in Suu Kyi's trials, which are being held in a prison courtroom, are closed.

Suu Kyi is also on trial on charges of violating the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years, and 11 counts under the Anti-Corruption Act, each of which could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine.


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