YANGON: Myanmar’s ousted president described on Tuesday (Oct 12) 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 Feb 1 “and urged him to resign from his submit of the presidency, giving the explanation of ailing 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 quite die than consent,” he added.
Comparable dawn raids befell throughout the capital Naypyidaw, taking key civilian leaders into custody and ending the military’s transient flirtation with democracy.
Win Myint – a long-time ally of Aung San Suu Kyi – faces a raft of fees, together with incitement and sedition.
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