Burma

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Quarantined as Fellow Detainees Test Positive for COVID-19

By The Irrawaddy 28 March 2022

Myanmar’s ousted democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been placed in quarantine after a number of people who are under house arrest along with her tested positive for COVID-19.

Her legal team said that despite being confined with people who have tested positive, the 76-year-old was not hit by the coronavirus.

One of the lawyers said she has not been attending her weekly court hearings in Naypyitaw since Thursday.

“She didn’t appear in today court. She won’t be there for tomorrow’s hearing either because some people at her house have been infected with COVID-19,” 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.

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 and breaching the Official Secrets Act. 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 Myanmar politics.

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