Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader was at a court hearing in person on Monday for the first time since the military seized control of her government nearly four months ago, her lawyers said.
The 75-year-old woman who won 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to build democracy was arrested alongside more than 4,000 people including other elected officials detained since the February 1 coup.
The civilian leader who has only been seen by video link since the military raids is facing criminal charges that range from violating the country’s Official Secrets Act that is punishable by 14 years in prison, possessing unlicensed walkie-talkie radios and breaking Covid-19 restrictions during the election campaign last year that was won by Ms Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).
The military has justified its February coup by alleging massive voter fraud in the country’s election, but has provided no evidence.
The result was “by and large, representative of the will of the people of Myanmar” the Asian Network for Free Elections, which had observers at more than 400 polling stations, said.
Her legal team head, Khin Maung Zaw in an interview said according to Suu Kyi, she was only partially aware of what was happening outside during detention, adding that the only information she received from outside was when the police asked her opinion on some matters, which she refused answering because she was unaware of the full situation.
Khin Maung Zaw further stated that she looked in good health during a 30-minute meeting with her legal team.
Myanmar has witnessed daily protests, marches and strikes nationwide against the junta responded with lethal force since the army took power.
More than 800 people have been killed, according to the activist monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
Military leader General, Min Aung Hlaing in a May 20 interview said that the actual casualty figure was about 300 inclusive of 47 police officers.
The court session has been adjourned to June 7.