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Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial postponed

FILE PHOTO: Myanmar's then state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, attending an invesmtent meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

After media reports that the ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was not feeling well, a court in military-run Myanmar postponed a hearing in her trial this week, a source familiar with the proceedings said on Friday.

The news: Suu Kyi was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday and Friday to face corruption accusations stemming from the lease and purchase of a helicopter while in office.

  • Suu Kyi was allowed to miss the hearings at the request of her doctor due to dizziness and nausea, according to the US-funded RFA (Radio Free Asia).
  • However, a source familiar with the proceedings, who requested anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the matter, said that while Thursday’s hearing was postponed, Friday’s was not, and Suu Kyi was present.
  • Suu Kyi’s health was fine on Friday, according to the source, and the next hearing will be on February 11.

What’s going on: Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, is facing charges in more than a dozen cases, with a cumulative potential sentence of more than 150 years in prison.

  • She had already been sentenced to a total of six years in prison for other crimes, in what her supporters, some Western governments, and human rights organisations have called a sham trial.
  • On Thursday, a second bribery allegation was filed against Suu Kyi, accusing her of accepting a $550,000 contribution from a businessman, according to the official broadcaster.
  • Meanwhile, Suu Kyi is scheduled to appear in court on Feb 14 for the start of an election fraud trial after being accused of rigging the 2020 election in order to gain a second term in office.
  • Suu Kyi has previously stated that she is innocent of all charges. Her attorneys have been forbidden from discussing her cases.
  • A junta spokesman did not respond to a request for comment after the junta ousted Suu Kyi’s government in a coup in February.
  • Suu Kyi would be given due process by an independent court, according to the military authorities.
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