Suu Kyi misses first court hearing in two months after becoming ‘sick and dizzy’

Detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi had to cancel her first court hearing in two months on Monday because she felt sick, her lawyer said. 

The ousted State Counsellor, who had not met with any outsiders since her hearings were postponed in July amid surging Covid-19 cases, is suffering from rhinitis, an inflammation of the nose. 

“It’s not that she’s in terrible health,” lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told Myanmar Now. “She’s just feeling sick and very dizzy. She’s got a runny nose too and she said she felt really dizzy. She doesn’t have any major illness though.”

Suu Kyi made it to the Napyitaw Council building where she is on trial but had to leave again shortly afterwards as she was unable to even sit properly due to car sickness during a brief meeting with her defence team, Khin Maung Zaw said. 

“She said she’d been in good health during the two months we didn’t get to meet,” the lawyer said. “She said she got carsick because the driver drove pretty recklessly.” 

The lawyers do not know where Suu Kyi is being detained or how far it is from the courthouse.

Both Khin Maung Zaw and Min Min Soe, another member of Suu Kyi’s defence team, have said Suu Kyi has received two shots of a Covid-19 vaccine, though they could not give further details. 

Since her detention on February 1, the 76-year-old has been hit with numerous charges that could see her handed a decades-long prison sentence. 

During their five-minute meeting on Monday, Suu Kyi told the lawyers that she is now facing three corruption charges concerning her directly, and two more that involve other senior National League for Democracy (NLD) figures. 

Ousted president Win Myint is among those also facing corruption charges, as are the ousted mayor and deputy mayor of Naypyitaw, Dr Myo Aung and Ye Min Oo, Khin Maung Zaw said.

Another charge has been filed against Suu Kyi in Yangon but her lawyers have yet to be given the details. 

Suu Kyi is due at another hearing on Tuesday relating to an incitement charge and two charges for alleged breaches of Covid-19 restrictions. Khin Maung Zaw said he and the other lawyers would learn more about her health and the additional charges against her then. 

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