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Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained at her home, says lawyer

Aung San Suu Kyi is being detained at her home, according to her lawyer, who said he was seeking her unconditional release.

Myanmar’s democratic leader was placed under house arrest on Monday as the military seized power in a coup d’etat which targeted the heads of the civilian government.

Ms Suu Kyi has since been charged with minor offences relating to the alleged importation of walkie-talkies without the proper licence and for shaking hands during the coronavirus pandemic.

Her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told reporters in the capital, Naypyidaw, that he had been unable to see her or ousted president Win Myint because they are still under investigation.

“We expect justice from the judge, but it is not certain,” he said. “We hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Of course, we want unconditional release as they have not broken the law.”

Myanmar army chief General Min Aung Hlaing, who is now in control of the country, has announced plans to investigate alleged fraud in the November elections, which resulted in a landslide victory for Ms Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party took just 33 seats compared to Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, which won 396 out of the 476 available.

Hundreds of students and teachers staged protests against the coup on Friday, chanting: “Our arrested leaders: release now, release now”. Many have adopted the three-finger salute, seen previously in protests in Hong Kong and Thailand, as a gesture of resistance against power inspired by The Hunger Games movies.

Additional reporting by agencies