Rising Covid Caseload In Myanmar Hits Trial Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Rising Covid Caseload In Myanmar Hits Trial Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi was deposed by the navy in February. (File)


Myanmar’s spiralling coronavirus rely struck the trial of ousted chief Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday, her attorneys stated, with a witness for the prosecution failing to testify after changing into contaminated.

Cases are spiking in Myanmar, with the State Administration Council — because the navy junta calls itself — reporting greater than 3,400 new circumstances Sunday, up from fewer than 50 per day in early May.

Suu Kyi was deposed by the navy in February, sparking a mass rebellion and a brutal crackdown. More than 890 civilians have been killed by the junta’s forces, in line with an area monitoring group.

On Monday, a prosecution witness set to testify that she violated coronavirus restrictions throughout elections her get together received in a landslide final yr “was absent on account of COVID-19 infection”, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw instructed reporters.

A second witness gave testimony on the identical prices, and the court docket additionally heard proof on separate prices that Suu Kyi illegally imported and possessed walkie talkies, he stated.

The Nobel laureate, 76, and all members of her employees have been totally vaccinated whereas in navy custody, her lawyer Min Min Soe instructed reporters final week.

She didn’t give particulars on when Suu Kyi — who’s believed to have obtained a primary dose earlier than her authorities was deposed — had obtained the jab, or what vaccine she was given.

The ousted chief “voiced her grave concern for the people during the third wave of Covid-19” throughout Monday’s pre-trial assembly, Khin Maung Zaw stated.

Suu Kyi and former president Win Myint — who additionally faces prices of breaking COVID-19 restrictions — each appeared in good well being, he added.

Cut off from the skin world apart from transient conferences together with her authorized group and her court docket appearances, Suu Kyi faces a raft of prices that might see her jailed for greater than a decade.


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