Myanmar’s Suu Kyi seems in courtroom in particular person for first time since coup By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Myanmar State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the opening session of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines, on Nov. 13, 2017. REUTERS / Athit Perawongmetha / File Photo

(Reuters) -Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in person at a court hearing on Monday for the first time since her government was overthrown by the military in a February 1 coup, her lawyer told Reuters.

Suu Kyi looked in good health and had a face-to-face meeting with her legal team for about 30 minutes prior to the hearing, attorney Thae Maung Maung said.

75-year-old Suu Kyi, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts to build democracy, is one of more than 4,000 people imprisoned since the coup. She is facing charges ranging from illegally possessing walkie-talkie radios to violating a state secrets law.

The displaced leader “wished people good health” in her meeting with her lawyers, and also obviously referred to her National League for Democracy party, which may soon be disbanded.

“She said the party was created for the people so that the party would stay there while the people are around,” Thae Maung Maung told Reuters.

Myanmar’s junta-appointed electoral commission will dissolve Suu Kyi’s political party for fraud in a November election, the media reported on Friday, citing a commissioner who threatened to take action against the “traitors” involved.

The army took power, claiming fraud in an election that Suu Kyi’s party won in November. Their allegations had been rejected by the former electoral commission.

In his first interview with foreign media since the coup, junta leader Min Aung Hlaing had also said Suu Kyi was in good health when he denied the number of people killed in protests by security forces since the coup.

Myanmar has been in chaos since the army took power, with daily protests, demonstrations and strikes across the country against the junta, which has responded with deadly violence and killed more than 800 people, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group.

Min Aung Hlaing said in an interview on May 20 that the actual number of victims was 300 and that 47 police officers were also killed.

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