Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing went on trial during a ‘popular court’ in Tehran for their support for an ethnic cleansing campaign underway against the country’s minority Rohingya Muslims.
During the international symbolic court held at the Imam Sadeq (AS) University in the Iranian capital on Tuesday, a number of Muslim rights activists from Iran and Bangladesh as plaintiffs accused Aung San Suu Kyi and Min Aung Hlaing of human rights abuses against minority Rohingyas, providing the members of the jury with substantiated evidence.
According to the plaintiffs, Muslim Rohingya are subjected to genocide, torture, arbitrary detention, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” by officials controlled by Aung San Suu Kyi.
Two Iranian attorneys represented Myanmar’s government at the mock trial in an unbiased atmosphere, stressing that the government of the Southeast Asian country is only fighting against rebels groups, not Muslim minorities.
After hours of weighing and reweighing, the judge read out the final verdict sentencing Suu Kyi and Hlaing to 15 and 25 years behind the bars, respectively.
It comes as Myanmar’s troops have intensified attacks against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, home to over a million members of the desperate minority, since October 2016. The attacks have seen a sharp rise since August, reports Tasnim News Agency.