Aung San Suu Kyi to defend Myanmar in Rohingya genocide case

Aung San Suu Kyi will lead a legal team sent to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands.

(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.

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.
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