Aung San Suu Kyi skips hearing after feeling unwell

September 14, 2021 By 0 Comments

Lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi say the deposed Myanmar leader was unable to attend a scheduled court hearing because she felt ill.

The 76-year-old is being tried in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw, on a raft of charges including illegally importing walkie-talkies and violating COVID-19 rules during the 2020 election campaign.

The hearing on Monday was to have been the first since July when sessions were suspended as a measure against a serious nationwide coronavirus outbreak.

Lawyer Min Min Soe told the Reuters news agency that Aung San Suu Kyi held a brief pre-hearing meeting with her legal team on Monday morning before returning to the compound where she is being held under house arrest.

“It is not serious sickness,” said Min Min Soe. “She suffered car sickness. She cannot stand that feeling and told us she wanted to take a rest.”