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Deposed Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Appears in Court for First Time Since February 1 Coup

HeadlineMay 24, 2021

In Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in person at a court hearing for the first time since she and other officials were deposed in a February 1 military coup. She faces a range of charges that the U.N. and others have condemned as politically motivated, including illegally possessing walkie-talkies and violating a state secrets law. Suu Kyi’s legal team says she has no access to newspapers and is only partly aware of events that have taken place since her arrest. A local rights group says over 800 people have been killed and 4,300 arrested since February 1 as mass protests shook the country. Meanwhile, rebel fighters said they killed dozens of Burmese security force members over the weekend.

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