Aung Sun Suu Kyi Made First Public Appearance in Court

In her first public appearance since the military overthrew her government in February, Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court in Naypyidaw for a 30-minute hearing.
Before the hearing, the 75-year-old held a face-to-face meeting with her legal team, her lawyer Thae Maung Maung told the Reuters news agency. All her previous meetings have been via video link.
Frontier, a Myanmar magazine, reported that the hearing lasted about 30 minutes.
The state broadcasters showed footage of the hearing, which also included former President Win Myint and Myo Aung, a doctor and MP for the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD).
She has been criticized for the way she has failed to condemn the military’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, despite winning a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to build democracy, and is among more than 4,000 people detained since the generals seized power.
A series of criminal charges have been filed against her in Naypyidaw, including flouting coronavirus restrictions during last year’s election campaign, possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies, and violating a state secrets law.
The generals are facing a continued opposition to their rule including civil disobedience protests, mass protests, and a newly-formed armed group that was formed in response to the military’s brutal crackdown on opposition to the coup.
In a fierce fight in Moebyel town in Shan State and Demoso in neighboring Kayah State, the People’s Defence Force (PDF), which is largely composed of civilians armed with homemade weapons, reportedly killed nearly two dozen members of the security forces.
At least 20 police officers were killed in Moebyel, which is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the capital Naypyidaw, according to PDF member Thet Wai – not his real name.

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