Wednesday, February 28

Myanmar Leader Suu Kyi Without A Lawyer to Court

The arrested Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court via a video connection on Tuesday. That happened a day ahead of schedule, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.


He himself was not allowed to be present at the hearing.

Khin Maung Zaw said the court has not yet recognized him as a lawyer for the Nobel laureate. He has also not however been able to visit his client. The military arrested 75-year-old Suu Kyi when it staged a coup in early February. She is suspected of two criminal offences and faces years of imprisonment.

Authorities are prosecuting Suu Kyi for violating a law related to import and export of products and a natural disaster emergency law. A spokesman for the new military regime said that an investigation into money laundering practices at an organization of the deposed leader has also been launched.

The military has also rounded up key Suu Kyi allies. These include the deposed president Win Myint, who would also have appeared virtually in court on Tuesday. He is also suspected of violating the law for natural disasters. Corona rules are said to have been violated when the political party of Suu Kyi and Win Myint campaigned for the election.

The duo must appear virtually in court again on March 1. The army spokesman said Suu Kyi and Win Myint are in a safe place and in good health.

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