Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Sick; Court Hearings Postponed

By The Irrawaddy 13 September 2021

Hearings in several of the court trials of Myanmar’s detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi were postponed on Monday, as she is sick.

She was supposed to appear before a special court in Naypyitaw’s Zabuthiri Township on Monday after eight weeks of holidays designated by the military junta since mid-July.

A member of her legal team, U Khin Maung Zaw, said, “She is not well. She said she felt very dizzy from car sickness, had a runny nose and her face was red.”

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained under house arrest since the Feb. 1 coup, and is facing six charges for alleged violation of COVID restrictions, possession of walkie-talkies and sedition. The junta has also filed four corruption charges against her.

Her lawyers met her Monday morning at around 9:30 a.m. for about 10 minutes. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked her lawyers to request an absence from the day’s court proceedings. The court hearing of detained President U Win Myint, who has been charged under the Natural Disaster Management law, resumed, the lawyer said.

“[Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] told us to request leave for her and that she will discuss details about the cases [on Tuesday]. We expect she will come and if she does, the hearings will continue,” the lawyer said.

Therefore, the court postponed hearings in three cases against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, regarding the possession of illegally imported walkie-talkies, and violations of the Telecommunications Law and Natural Disaster Management Law, until next Monday.

On Tuesday, she is scheduled to appear in court for hearings in two cases.

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