Deposed leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi misses court hearing due to illness

Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi (Aung Shine Oo/AP)

According to her counsel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's jailed former leader, was unable to attend a scheduled court hearing due to illness.

Ms. Suu Kyi is facing charges of sedition, which is defined as spreading information that could cause public alarm or unrest, as well as two counts of violating Covid-19 pandemic restrictions during the 2020 election campaign, including illegally importing walkie-talkies for her bodyguards and using the radios without a license.

When the army seized control from her elected administration on February 1, she was jailed.

Min Min Soe, one of Ms. Suu Kyi's lawyers, said the 76-year-old former leader felt nauseous on the way to court from the secret location where the Myanmar military administration imprisoned her on Monday.

Her legal team requested that her hearing be postponed, and she was given permission to return to her apartment.

Her special court hearing was supposed to be the first since July when sessions were halted due to a widespread coronavirus outbreak.

The claims that Ms. Suu Kyi had broken the Covid-19 limits were meant to be discussed at Monday's session.

On Sunday, all people involved in the court sessions were tested for Covid-19, according to another of her lawyers, Khin Maung Zaw.

Ms. Suu Kyi has been immunized against the disease.

“At 9.30 a.m. today, we met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

“As soon as she walked into the room, we realized she wasn't feeling well.

Using the honorific Daw, a courteous term for women, Khin Maung Zaw described her face as red with a runny nose.

“As soon as she sat down, she said she wasn't feeling well.

“She stated that she was dizzy due to the car's excessive bumping.

“As a result, we asked the court to postpone today's hearing.”

Ms. Suu Kyi appeared to have lost weight, but she assured them she hadn't been sick in two months, according to his colleague Min Min Soe.

The army claims it took control because rampant fraud marred last November's general election, which Ms. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won by a landslide.

Ms. Suu Kyi's party has disputed the allegations, and independent election observers have stated that they are unfounded.

According to Ms. Suu Kyi's allies and independent analysts, all of the charges are politically motivated and an attempt to discredit her and legitimize the military's seizure of power.

The army's takeover was met with widespread public opposition, which has persisted despite security forces' draconian measures to quell it.

According to Min Min Soe, the court session resumed with evidence against Ms. Suu Kyi's co-defendant, Win Myint, the former president, who was also arrested during the military takeover.

She claimed that a prosecution witness testified during the 2020 election campaign that Win Myint likewise violated Covid-19 pandemic limitations.

The hearings against both for violating coronavirus limitations have been postponed until September 20, while the cases involving other charges will be heard on Tuesday, according to Ms. Suu Kyi's counsel.

Publish : 2021-09-13 17:06:00

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