Detained Myanmar president testifies in court

Myanmar's detained President Win Myint has testified that he refused when the military tried to force him to resign shortly before a coup in February.

Win Myint appeared in court on Tuesday. He was detained on February 1 along with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. He has been on trial over multiple charges such as incitement.

In testimony cited by his lawyer, Win Myint said military officials approached him early that day and told him to resign because of ill health.

He said officers warned him that he faced many harms if he refused, but he told them his health was fine and he would rather die than consent.

Myanmar's military has sought to justify its grip on power as constitutional by alleging fraud in last year's general election, which was won by the democratic camp led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

But some legal experts have suggested that detaining Win Myint, appointing the vice president who is a former military officer to replace him, and declaring a state of emergency are unconstitutional.

Win Myint's testimony may give momentum to allegations by the pro-democracy side that the military's moves in the coup are unconstitutional.