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Myanmar: Suu Kyi appears in court in person for first time since coup

She was put under house arrest after the coup on February 1

Myanmar | Suu Kyi | coup

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Myanmar's State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi during the ceremonial reception in her honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.Photo:PTI
FILE PHOTO: Aung San Suu Kyi. (PTI)

ousted leader Aung San on Monday appeared in court in person for the first time since she was put under house arrest after the on February 1.

Suu Kyi's lawyer confirmed the court appearance, Asia Nikkei reported.

Five lawyers met Suu Kyi, ousted President Win Myint and Myo Aung, the detained chairman of the Naypyidaw Council, for 30 minutes each.

"She looks healthy," the lawyer said of .

Military spokesperson Zaw Min Tun told Nikkei Asia that Aung San Suu Kyi's court hearing took place today at a "special court" set up near her house in the capital Naypyitaw from 10:30 am to 11:00 am.

Recently, military-appointed commission chairman Thein Soe announced plans to dissolve the NLD, headed by former state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, for alleged vote fraud in general elections last year.

and President Win Myint, along with other top officials accused of election fraud, have been placed under house arrest.

Suu Kyi is facing a total of five charges, Kyodo News reported.

She was charged for illegally importing walkie-talkies, flouting coronavirus restrictions, spreading information that fanned social unease, and receiving USD 600,000 and gold from the then chief minister of the Yangon Region, reported Kyodo News.

The most serious charge alleges that she violated the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

Last month, she attended a court hearing in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw through videoconference where her lawyer defended her and said all the charges were fabricated.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, May 24 2021. 13:51 IST