Ousted Myanmar Leader Suu Kyi Defends NLD Party in First Court Appearance Since Military Coup

Earlier, the Myanmar military – Tatmadaw – seized control of the government after having accused the National League for Democracy (NLD) of committing voter fraud after the party managed to secure enough seats to form the country’s next government. On Friday, the junta-appointed election commission threatened to dissolve the party over the claims.

Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi made her very first public court appearance on Monday since the February 1 coup d’état saw her arrested and placed on house arrest. The detained official took the opportunity to voice that her party would continue as long as the public supports it.

Courtroom photos show Suu Kyi sitting upright with her hands in her lap and wearing a surgical mask while inside the court dock. Alongside Suu Kyi are ousted President Win Myint and former Naypyitaw Mayor Dr. Myo Aung, as well as two police officers who are seend standing behind the defendants.

Suu Kyi’s lawyers have stated that she appears to be in good health after being able to speak with the Burmese official during a 30-minute special meeting. The legal proceeding was held in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyidaw, and was subsequently adjourned by the presiding judge until June 7. 

Suu Kyi was initially held at her villa in Naypyidaw after the raid, however, she was moved – blindfolded – to her current, undisclosed location a week later.

U Thein Hlaing Tun, the lawyer of her co-defendant Dr. Myo Aung was arrested Monday on incitement charges,…

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