Suu Kyi back in court after no-show

YANGON (AFP) – Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi returned to court yesterday to face charges of incitement and flouting Covid restrictions, her lawyer said, a day after failing to appear on health grounds.

Suu Kyi and her elected government were deposed by the military in a February coup that sparked a mass uprising and a brutal junta crackdown on dissent.

Cut off from the world except for brief meetings with her legal team and court appearances, the 76-year-old Nobel laureate faces a raft of charges that could see her jailed for more than a decade.

Monday’s hearing was adjourned after Suu Kyi suffered from what her lawyer said was “car sickness” while being taken from the compound where she is under house arrest to the courtroom.

Suu Kyi “said she was still somewhat dizzy,” according to lawyer Khin Maung Zaw, who met with her before yesterday’s hearing.

The hearing on charges Suu Kyi flouted coronavirus restrictions during elections her party won last year was postponed after prosecution witnesses failed to appear, he added.

Suu Kyi’s lawyers have denied those charges.