© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Myanmar’s junta chief Senior Basic Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected authorities in a coup on February 1, presides a military parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photograph


(Reuters) -Myanmar’s junta chief Min Aung Hlaing mentioned deposed chief Aung San Suu Kyi was wholesome at residence and would seem in courtroom in just a few days, in his first interview since overthrowing her in a Feb. 1 coup.

The coup has plunged the Southeast Asian nation into chaos. An ethnic armed group against the ruling junta attacked a navy submit in a northwestern jade mining city whereas different violent incidents had been reported from different corners of Myanmar.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her lengthy wrestle in opposition to earlier navy rulers, is amongst greater than 4,000 individuals detained for the reason that coup. She faces prices that vary from illegally possessing walkie-talkie radios to violating a state secrets and techniques legislation.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in good well being. She is at her residence and wholesome. She goes to face trial on the courtroom in just a few days,” Min Aung Hlaing mentioned by video hyperlink with the Hong Kong-based Chinese language language broadcaster Phoenix Tv on Might 20, in excerpts launched on Saturday.

The interviewer requested him what he considered the efficiency of Suu Kyi, 75, who’s broadly admired within the nation of 53 million for her marketing campaign that had introduced tentative democratic reforms which had been reduce quick by the coup.

“She tried all she might,” Min Aung Hlaing responded.

He reiterated that the military had seized energy as a result of it had recognized fraud in an election received by Suu Kyi’s celebration in November – though its accusations had been rejected by the then election fee.

He mentioned the military would maintain elections and potential modifications to the structure had been recognized and could be made in the event that they had been “the individuals’s will”.

Suu Kyi’s subsequent courtroom look is due on Monday within the capital Naypyidaw. To date she has appeared solely by video hyperlink and as but to be allowed to talk on to her legal professionals.

The junta has cited safety causes for not permitting her to talk to her legal professionals in personal at a time the navy authorities haven’t established management of the nation within the face of day by day protests, strikes and renewed insurgencies.


The Kachin Independence Military (KIA) attacked a military submit at Hkamti township within the Sagaing area early on Saturday, the Irrawaddy and Mizzima on-line publications mentioned. Footage confirmed columns of darkish smoke rising from the scene.

KIA spokesman Naw Bu advised Reuters he was conscious of the assault however might give no particulars. Reuters was unable to succeed in a junta spokesman for remark.

State run-MRTV tv reported the assault and mentioned that three police had been wounded and others had been lacking. Impartial broadcaster DVB mentioned 9 had been captured by the insurgents.

For the reason that coup, open battle resumed between the military and the KIA, which has been combating for higher autonomy for the Kachin individuals for some six a long time and has voiced help for anti-junta protesters.

Mizzima mentioned the military used jets in assaults on the KIA at Hkamti, a city on the Chindwin river in a distant area wealthy in jade and gold about 50 km (30 miles) from the border with India.

The military has carried out quite a few bombing assaults on KIA positions in latest weeks and has additionally clashed with ethnic armies within the east and west of Myanmar.

Safety forces have killed a minimum of 815 individuals for the reason that coup, in accordance with the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners activist group.

Min Aung Hlaing mentioned the precise determine was round 300 and that 47 police had additionally been killed.

State-run MRTV mentioned one policeman had been killed in an rebel assault in japanese Kayah state on Friday.

In western Chin state, junta opponents mentioned they’d killed a minimum of 4 members of the safety forces on Friday and had buried them by the roadside. The declare couldn’t be independently verified.

Myanmar media reported {that a} soldier had been killed in a capturing within the industrial hub, Yangon, on Saturday. Bomb blasts had been reported there, at Pathein within the Irrawaddy delta area and at a buying and selling zone close to the border with China.