Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'looks healthy', lawyer says, as U.S. orders non-essential staff to leave
Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in good health on Wednesday during a video meeting, one of her lawyers said, as the United States ordered its non-essential embassy staff to leave after weeks of violence over a Feb. 1 coup.
New Delhi: Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in good health on Wednesday during a video meeting, one of her lawyers said, as the United States ordered its non-essential embassy staff to leave after weeks of violence over a Feb. 1 coup.
The detained Nobel laureate, who has been in custody since the military seized power, had wanted to meet lawyers in person and did not agree to a wide discussion by video in the presence of police, lawyer Min Min Soe told Reuters by telephone.
“Amay looks healthy, her skin complexion is good,” Min Min Soe said, using an affectionate term meaning “mother” to refer to Suu Kyi.
Only the legal cases against her filed since the coup were discussed during the video conference, the lawyer said.
Suu Kyi, 75, was arrested the same day the military seized power and faces charges that include illegally importing six handheld radios and breaching coronavirus protocols. The military has also accused her of bribery in two recent news conferences.
Her lawyers say the charges were trumped up and dismissed the accusation of bribery as a joke.
The next hearing in her case is on Thursday.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the reimposed military rule after a decade of tentative steps towards democracy.
At least 521 civilians have been killed in protests, 141 of them on Saturday, the bloodiest day of the unrest, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
Police and a spokesman for the Myanmar junta did not answer calls seeking comment. (Reuters)