The ousted leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court for the second time via video conference as she was detained following a military coup. Suu Kyi’s legal team has claimed that during the video conference, she appeared in good health and requested to see her legal team during the hearing.
The hearing on Monday did not go as expected as an additional charge was added to the list of already filed charges against her. As per her lawyer Min Min Soe, the added charge was from the colonial-era penal code of the country which forbids her from issuing any information that may “cause fear or alarm”.
Suu Kyi is facing unknown criminal charges for having unlicensed walkie-talkies as well as violating Covid restrictions by staging a campaign event during the election last year. Her lawyer said that ahead of the hearing, the 75-year-old leader has been unable to speak with her legal team. As of now, the next hearing for Suu Kyi is scheduled for 15th March.
In the court, her appearance has come after her supporters saw the bloodiest day till now as nearly 18 people were killed in clashes between the protesters and the security forces.
In the meantime, the violence of the security forces was condemned by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and on the other hand, Canada also joined the protest as the foreign minister of the country, Marc Garneau, called the military’s use of lethal force against its own people “appalling”.