Suu Kyi to appear in court May 24

A judge yesterday ordered Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to appear in person in court for the first time on May 24, her lawyer said, after weeks of delays in her case.

The Nobel laureate has not been publicly seen since she was detained in a February 1 coup. Suu Kyi was subsequently hit with a series of charges. Her legal team has been unable to get a private audience with their client.

Multiple court hearings in the capital Naypyidaw have seen Suu Kyi – who attended via video conferencing from under house arrest – express frustration at the pace of the proceedings.

During the latest hearing, a judge ordered for her cases to be heard with her present in a special courtroom near her residence.

The charges include flouting coronavirus restrictions during last year’s election campaign and possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies. The most serious charge alleges that she violated the country’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

Meanwhile, more than 11,000 academics and other university staff opposed to the junta have been suspended after going on strike in protest against military rule, a teachers’ group said.

The suspensions come as the resumption of classes loom.

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