Suu Kyi Makes First Court Appearance After Myanmar Military Coup

Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court in person for the first time since her government was overthrown by the military in February 2021.
In the capital Naypyidaw, the hearing was immediately adjourned. Several charges are pending against the former leader, including violating a state secret law.
Ms Suu Kyi met her lawyers for the first time in person before the hearing.
Since she was deposed, she has been under house arrest for 16 weeks.
Ms Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, has been accused of election fraud by the Myanmar military.
Ms Suu Kyi’s charges have been widely attacked as politically motivated by independent election monitors who say the election was mostly free and fair.
Since the February 2021 coup, Myanmar’s military has brutally cracked down on pro-democracy protesters, killing more than 800 people and detaining more than 4,000, according to the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
Among the six charges against Ms Suu Kyi, 75, are illegally importing handheld radios, as well as violating the Corona virus rules. Before the hearing was adjourned on Monday, she was allowed 30 minutes with her attorneys.
Her health was described as good during the meeting in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, but she was not allowed access to the news media during her house arrest and knew little about what was going on in the country.
Lawyers for Suu Kyi said she wished people good health. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party was also threatened by the military.
According to Khin Maung Zaw, one of her lawyers, the party grew out of the people so it will exist as long as people support it.

Myanmar in profile
Burma, also known as Myanmar, gained its independence from Britain in 1948. Throughout much of its modern history, it has been ruled by the military
In 2010, restrictions began loosening, leading to free elections in 2015 and the installation of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in 2016.
As a response to Rohingya militant attacks on police, the Myanmar army executed a deadly crackdown, forcing more than half a million Rohingya Muslims across the border into Bangladesh, which the United Nations subsequently described as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

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