Yangon (Chindwin): Much of the speculation early in the coup about the military forcing President U Win Myint has been reaffirmed “correct” in yesterday’s hearing at the Court in Naypyidaw by President U Win Myint himself through his lawyer.
The military junta forced the President to resign and threatened his life at the dawn of the military coup, said the President in the court hearing.
On 12 October, the ousted President U Win Myint appeared in the court as he was charged with article 505 (section B). While defending his case, the President said that the two high-ranking military officials met him at his residence on 01 February and forced him to resign from his position as the President.
In the revelation, the military told the President to give his health condition as the reason for his resignation, otherwise, his life could be in danger if he refused to comply with the request. Despite their threat, the President said in the court that he refused to obey, saying he would not comply with their demand at the cost of his life.
It is reported that the prosecutor’s lawyer also asked the President whether he had any knowledge of the CRPH (Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) and the NUG (National Unity Government). President’s lawyer objected to the questions saying that the President was already in custody by the time the CRPH and the NUG were formed and, therefore, the questions raised by the persecutor’s lawyer were invalid.
In February, after the coup, there has been rumor spreading that the military threatened and forced the President to give up his power, but only yesterday, the President publicly confirmed it in the court hearing.
President U Win Myint and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the country and the state counsellor of the NLD government, were arrested on 01 February.
Following the coup, the ousted parliamentarians formed the CRPH, and subsequently, they formed the National Unity Government with other stakeholders.