Myanmar’s ousted president described on Tuesday turning down a deal to vacate his seat and save himself within the early moments of the February coup that snuffed out his nation’s short-lived democratic experiment, his lawyer stated.
Win Myint, who was detained together with civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi, made the feedback as he testified for the primary time at his trial for incitement in a junta courtroom.
The 69-year-old recounted how two senior military officers entered his room within the early hours of February 1 and “urged him to resign from his put up of the presidency, giving the explanation of sick well being,” lawyer Khin Maung Zaw stated.
“The president turned down their proposal, saying he was in good well being. The officers warned him the denial would trigger him a lot hurt however the President informed them he would slightly die than consent,” he added.
Comparable daybreak raids passed off throughout the capital Naypyidaw, taking key civilian leaders into custody and ending the military’s temporary flirtation with democracy.
Win Myint — a longtime ally of Suu Kyi — faces a raft of prices, together with incitement and sedition.
The junta — formally often called the State Administration Council — has threatened to dissolve Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) get together and continues to wage a bloody marketing campaign towards opponents to its rule.
Win Myint and Suu Kyi will name no defence witnesses of their incitement trial, their attorneys stated final week.
Suu Kyi is scheduled to testify for the primary time later this month.
Myanmar has been in turmoil for the reason that putsch with large protests, renewed clashes between the army and ethnic insurgent armies in border areas, and an financial system spiralling into freefall.
Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has justified his energy seize by citing alleged electoral fraud within the November ballot received by the NLD.
The army has cracked down brutally on dissent — taking pictures protesters, arresting suspected dissidents in night time raids, shutting down information retailers, and rounding up journalists.
Greater than 1,000 civilians have been killed, in keeping with a neighborhood monitoring group.
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