Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in person for first time since coup – fr

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Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in person for first time since coup – fr


Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the coup, looked healthy and had a face-to-face meeting with her legal team for about 30 minutes before the hearing in the capital, Naypyidaw, her lawyer, said. Thae Maung Maung at Reuters.

Prior to the hearing, Suu Kyi was only allowed to speak to lawyers by video link in the presence of security personnel.

Suu Kyi faces a range of charges, ranging from illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios to violating the Official Secrets Act – the most serious charge carrying a prison sentence of up to 14 years old.

The ousted civilian leader, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a landslide in the November 2020 elections, has not been seen in public since her detention.

Last week, the Myanmar junta-appointed electoral commission said it would dissolve the NLD over what it calls electoral fraud. The military toppled the NLD government alleging massive electoral fraud, although the then electoral commission dismissed the military’s complaints.

According to local Myanmar Now and Frontier Myanmar media, Suu Kyi told her lawyers, “The NLD was founded for the people and it will exist as long as these people are there. “

Suu Kyi, 75, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her long struggle to build democracy in the country, is among more than 4,000 people detained since the coup.

This is a developing story.

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