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Myanmar's Suu Kyi requests less court time over ‘strained’ health: Lawyer

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this handout file photo, taken on May 24, 2021 and released by Myanmar’s Ministry of Information on May 26, ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi (L) and ousted president Win Myint (R) are seen during their first court appearance in Naypyidaw. (Via AFP)

Lawyer of Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi says regular court appearances have taken a toll on her client’s health, requesting the sessions be held less frequently by the ruling military junta.

Suu Kyi asked the court on Monday to reduce the frequency of the hearings, holding them every two weeks instead of weekly “on the grounds of her health,” her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said without specifying how her health was affected.

“She had to spend all weekdays at court so her health conditions seemed strained,” he said.

He added that the judge would make a decision on her request next week.

The development comes after Suu Kyi pleaded not guilty to charges of incitement late last month.

Suu Kyi went on trial in June, four months after she was arrested in a coup that removed her administration from power, sparking a mass uprising and plunging the country into turmoil.

She is currently under house arrest and facing multiple charges, including illegal importation and possession of walkie-talkie radios, accepting bribes, and violating a colonial-era secrecy law.

After she was accused of new corruption charges last week, the Nobel laureate presently must show up most weekdays at a court in the capital city of Naypyidaw.


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