During the court hearing on Monday, his security team will have the opportunity to question witnesses, and it is expected that Suu Kyi will be allowed to speak for herself. He has been under house arrest since the army seized power on February 1.
– We believe in the best, but are prepared for the worst, says lawyer Kin Mung-so.
Human rights groups say there have been almost daily protests since the military coup, and more than 850 people have been killed.
Won the election
Suu Kyi has been charged with several crimes, including corruption. The NLD, the party that won the Peace Prize, won elections in Myanmar last fall, but the military seized power and claimed electoral fraud. This has been denied by international investigators.
The 75-year-old faces up to a decade in prison if convicted.
Prior to his release in 2010, Suu Kyi was under house arrest for more than 15 years during the previous military coup. During Myanmar’s democracy, he established close ties with the military.
Those relations were so strained that after the military took over, she was not allowed to speak in public.
– Taken gold
Last week, the charges against him were extended to cover corruption. The military alleges he received $ 600,000 in cash and 11 kilograms of gold.
Defense attorney Qin Mung-so said the new allegations were absurd.
– Here is an undeniable political background, to detract from her public view and tarnish her political image. The lawyer says this is a reason to sue him and stay away from the public.
UN Human rights activist Michael Bachelet said on Friday that Myanmar was embroiled in a humanitarian crisis and that it was planned by coup plotters.