(CNN)Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi will personally defend her government from allegations of genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya -- an unusual twist of fate for a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Aung San Suu Kyi to defend Myanmar in Rohingya genocide case
Suu Kyi will lead a legal team to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, her office said in a statement Wednesday. The small West African nation of Gambia has filed a lawsuit in the world court alleging that Myanmar committed "genocidal acts" that "were intended to destroy the Rohingya as a group" through mass murder, rape, and destruction of communities.
More than 740,000 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh since Myanmar's military launched a campaign of violence against the ethnic Muslim minority in 2016. Myanmar has long said it was targeting terrorists.