Burma

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Back in Court After Spell in Quarantine

By The Irrawaddy 31 March 2022

Myanmar’s detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court in Naypyitaw on Thursday after being kept in quarantine, one of her lawyers told The Irrawaddy.

The 76-year-old missed court hearings late last week and on Monday as she was in quarantine after some people at her house tested positive for COVID-19.

Since then rumors have circulated that she had contracted the coronavirus.

The lawyer denied it.

“She appeared in court today and she seems healthy and met with her lawyers,” he said.

Since the military takeover that overthrew her democratically elected government over electoral fraud claims, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been kept incommunicado along with some other people at an unknown location by the regime.

The junta has filed 17 cases against her, and she has appeared in court every week.

Today’s hearing involved the regime’s charge that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her Australian economic adviser Sean Turnell violated the Official Secrets Act.

So far she has been sentenced to six years by a special court set up by the regime for alleged illegal possession of walkie-talkies, breaching COVID-19 restrictions and sedition.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is facing another seven charges including alleged corruption. She faces a potential combined prison term of over 100 years on all of the charges, which are widely viewed as trumped-up, politically motivated and an attempt by the junta to exclude her from politics.

She will appear in court tomorrow to face an election fraud charge.

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