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Suu Kyi to appear in person in a Myanmar court on May 24

Bangkok, May 10 (EFE).- Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused of several offences after her arrest during February’s military coup, will appear before a judge May 24, the court where her trial is being held said Monday.

During a hearing held on Monday, the judge pointed out that the Supreme Court has said that court hearings cannot be conducted virtually via video conference as has been done until now, Khin Maung Zaw, one of Suu Kyi’s lawyers, told EFE.

The hearing will be held in a special court that will be set up near Suu Kyi’s official residence in the capital city of Naypyitaw, where she has been under house arrest since the military seized power.

The deposed president, Win Myint, and the former president of the Naypyidaw Council, Myo Aung, who are also under detention, will also appear on the same day.

The lawyer said the three appeared to be in good health in the video conference on Monday and Suu Kyi again asked to meet her lawyers, which she has not been allowed to do since her arrest.

The police officials present in the room said that they had not yet received instructions from their superiors but the lawyer assured that the meeting will also take place on May 24, before the hearing.

Suu Kyi, 75, faces five charges in the Naypyitaw court, having unlicensed imported telephone devices, violating coronavirus restrictions, and intent to raise alarm and cause public unrest

She has also been formally charged in a court in Yangon with violating the Official Secrets Act, the most serious charge that carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

Suu Kyi’s lawyers have rejected the accusations against the ousted leader, who spent a total of 15 years under house arrest during the previous military junta (1988-2011).

Suu Kyi has also been accused of corruption but the charges have not yet been presented in court.

The trial against Suu Kyi and other members of the elected government takes place amid protests and the civil disobedience movement that have been violently repressed by the security forces, which have caused at least 780 deaths and detained more than 3,800 people.

The military has justified the coup alleging fraud in the November elections, in which Suu Kyi’s party won by a landslide, and which were described as legitimate by international observers. EFE

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