The ousted Myanmar leader has appeared in court in the capital and appears to be in good health, according to his lawyer.
Myanmar’s assassin leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared to the public for the first time since she was arrested and her government toppled by the military in a coup on Feb. 1, as she attended a 30-minute hearing on court in the capital Naypyidaw.
The 75-year-old man was in good health and had a face-to-face operation Monday with his legal team before the trial, lawyer Thae Maung Maung told the Reuters agency. All past meetings via video link.
The hearing lasted about 30 minutes and security was tight, Frontier, a Myanmar magazine reported.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle to build democracy in the country but faces more recent criticism for her failure to condemn brutal military crackdown against the Muslim majority Rohingya, along with more than 4,000 people who have been detained since coming to power by the generals.
He was arrested at the Naypyidaw arrest home and faces a series of criminal charges including violation of coronavirus restrictions during last year’s election campaign, possessing incompetent walkie-talkies. and violation of state secrets law.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s court appearance comes as the generals continue to struggle with their rule that includes a movement of civilian repression, mass protests and a newly formed armed group. was established in response to the brutal military suppression of the opposition in their coup.
The People’s Defense Force (PDF), composed of civilians armed with handguns, is said to have killed nearly a dozen members of security forces in heavy fighting in the town of Moebyel in Shan State, and Demoso in neighboring Kayah State where the army carried ammunition and armored vehicles, according to local media.
PDF member Thet Wai – not his real name – told the AFP news agency that at least 20 police officers were killed on Sunday and the force was captured at a Moebyel police station, located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the capital Naypyidaw.
The police station was set on fire and the rebel fighters also took into custody four members of the security force, local media reported.
Videos shared on social media show how the same uniformed security forces and a swarm erupt from a damaged police post and a police vehicle.
Other photos show four men who police said had their hands behind their backs, blindfolded with surgery.
The army seized power claiming fraud in an election won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in a landslide in November. Its accusations have already been dismissed by the former electoral commission.
New military-appointed members are proposing to abolish the NLD, a proposal condemned by the European Union on Sunday.
In her court appearance on Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi sought to reassure the people that the NLD would continue.
“He said the party was made for the people, so it will last as long as the people are there,” said Frontier’s lawyer Min Min Soe.