Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to go on Trial at Special Court in Naypyitaw

By The Irrawaddy 10 May 2021

Myanmar’s detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be tried in person at a special court in Naypyitaw, according to one of her lawyers.

At a hearing on Monday the presiding judge declared that by the instructions of the Union Supreme Court the cases against her were to be heard in person, and not virtually via video conferencing, after the next adjournment.

The Zabuthiri township judge will sit in a special courtroom for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s next hearing on May 24. It will be set up in Myanan Bonthe Street, Zayar Theikdi Ward, near the ousted State Counselor’s Naypyitaw residence.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest since the junta’s coup on Feb. 1, and all her previous court appearances have been via video conferencing. So far, she has been denied the chance to meet her lawyers in person.

The military regime has filed five legal cases against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw. They include possession of imported walkie talkies and breaching COVID-19 regulations, among others. The junta has also filed another case against her in Yangon under the State Secrets Act.

On Monday, hearings for detained President U Win Myint and Naypyitaw Council Chairman Dr Myo Aung were also conducted via video. Both men will be tried at the special court alongside Suu Kyi.

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