Lawyers of Myanmar’s detained former leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, have disclosed that she was unable to attend a scheduled court hearing because she felt ill.
The 76-year-old politician is on trial in the capital, Naypyidaw, over charges that include spreading information that could cause public alarm or unrest, flouting Covid-19 pandemic restrictions during the 2020 election campaign, illegally importing walkie-talkies that were for her bodyguards’ use and the unlicensed use of the radios, which is punishable by up to 14 years in jail. But her lawyers rejected all of the allegations.
Suu Kyi was taken into custody on February 1 when the army seized power from her elected government.
One of her lawyers, Min Min Soe, said the Burmese diplomat felt sick on Monday on the drive to the court from the secret location where she is being held by the ruling military government.
Her team requested her hearing be postponed, and she was allowed to return to her living quarters.
Khin Maung Zaw, another lawyer, said all those involved in the court hearings were tested for Covid-19 on Sunday.
Suu Kyi has been vaccinated against the virus.
“We met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at 9.30am today.
“As soon as she entered the room, we learned that she was not well.
“Her face was red, with a runny nose,” said Khin Maung Zaw, using the honorific Daw, a respectful term for women.
“She said she was not well as soon as she sat down.
“She said she was dizzy because the car was bumping so much.
“So we asked the court to postpone today’s appointment.”