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Suu Kyi makes first in-person court appearance since coup

Myanmar’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has appeared in person at a court hearing for the first time since her government was toppled by the generals in February.

Ms. Suu Kyi, seventy-five, looked in good health during a thirty-minute face-to-face meeting with her lawyers on Monday. However, Reuters quoted her lead attorney, Khin Maung Zaw, as saying she told them that she had no access to newspapers during detention and was only partially aware of what was happening outside.

Ms. Suu Kyi also “wished people (of Myanmar) good health”.

 Her previous court appearances had been by video link, and she had not been allowed to meet in person with any of her lawyers.

The deposed leader, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts to build democracy, is among more than 4,000 people detained since the military coup nearly four months ago.

Ms. Suu Kyi faces charges ranging from illegally possessing six walkie-talkie radios to violating a state secrets law, punishable by fourteen years in prison.

Since the army take-over on February, Myanmar has faced chaos and mayhem, with daily protests, marches and strikes nationwide against the junta.

The junta has responded with deadly force, killing more than 800 people, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group.

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