Under Myanmar Regime's House Arrest, Suu Kyi Short on Cash for Food

By The Irrawaddy 7 June 2021

Myanmar’s detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi requested that her legal team help provide food for her, eight other detainees held with her and her dog, Taichido.

During a court hearing in Naypyitaw on Monday, she told the legal team about her cash shortage and the need for medicines and other supplies as she and the other detainees are using their own money to buy food.

“Amay [Mother, referring to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] said she and the others being detained together need cash for food and supplies every two weeks,” said Daw Min Min Soe, one of the five-member legal team representing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

When the military seized power, ousting her National League for Democracy government, she was placed under house arrest and moved into isolation in an unknown location.

She told her legal team that she did not want support from those detaining her and asked the lawyers to help if possible.

“Amay said those who detained her told her they would provide support but she wants to arrange it herself. Amay added that 5 million kyats (US$3,050) in cash would be enough for now. She said other supplies were needed,” said the lawyer.

The junta has filed six charges against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, including two under Article 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law and one each under Article 8 of the Export and Import Law, Article 67 of the Telecommunications Law, Article 505(b) of the Penal Code for sedition and the Official Secrets Act.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and Naypyitaw Council chairman Dr. Myo Aung appeared in court on May 24 and June 7, while previous hearings were held via videoconferencing.

The judge on Monday agreed to hear five out of six charges against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi within 180 days of her arrest.

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