Aung San Suu Kyi too ‘dizzy’ to appear in court today

2012 file photo of Aung San Suu Kyi at the United Nations. Photo: Violaine Martin
2012 file photo of Aung San Suu Kyi at the United Nations. Photo: Violaine Martin

After months of delays blamed on the resurgence of COVID-19, the trial of Myanmar’s ousted head of state was put off again today as she was reportedly unwell.

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi was unable to appear at a court hearing today as she felt “dizzy” from the trip, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw announced on Monday.

“She said that she was dizzy and that her nose was swollen. She was unable to sit at all,” he told reporters. “She thought it might [happened] when she traveled here by car. She said it happened this morning, and it’s not COVID-19.”

Put off since early July, the hearings set for today also included President Win Myint and Naypyidaw Mayor Myo Aung. Their lawyers said they were tested for COVID-19 yesterday, and only those without the disease would be permitted in the room.

Suu Kyi was told to return to the court tomorrow.

​​Suu Kyi now faces a total of 10 counts that include violating import law over her government’s purchase of walkie-talkies and telecommunications law. She’s also charged with violating the State Secrets Act, according to the preliminary hearing which began in June in the Naypyidaw Special Court.

The junta has cited long holidays and its COVID-19 restrictions for why Suu Kyi has been unable to meet her lawyers for over two months.

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