Suu Kyi can’t appear in court because of car sickness

Former Myanmar state adviser Suu Kyi was unable to appear in court due to health reasons, as she suffered from dizziness from not driving for a long time.

Lawyer Min Min Soe said that Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, did not have Covid-19 but felt tired because she had not ridden for a long time. She is scheduled to appear in court in the capital Naypyidaw today on charges of importing and possessing illegal radios, as well as violating Covid-19 prevention regulations.

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in the capital Naypyidaw, Myanmar in 2017. Photo: Reuters.

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in 2017. Photo: Reuters.

“It’s not a serious illness. She got motion sickness. She couldn’t stand it and told us she wanted to rest,” Min Min Soe said.

Khin Maung Zaw, the head of Suu Kyi’s legal team, said the judge had allowed her to be absent from the trial. “She appeared to be sick, sneezing and saying drowsy. So the lawyers only talked briefly with her,” he said.

Myanmar’s military staged a coup in February after accusing the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Suu Kyi of rigging the November 2020 election. Since then, Suu Kyi has been under house arrest. The appearances before the special court in the capital Naypyidaw were the only opportunity for the former Myanmar leader to connect with the outside world.

About 10 people live in the house where Ms. Suu Kyi is housed, including a security guard and a cook. She received the Covid-19 vaccine in July.

In addition to the above charges, she is also suspected of accepting bribes and violating the State Secrets Act, crimes that carry a sentence of 14 years in prison. Suu Kyi’s lawyers denied all charges.

Huyen Le (Follow Reuters)

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