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Myanmar's Suu Kyi seen in court for first time since coup

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    Agence France-Presse

Yangon, Myanmar   /   Mon, March 1, 2021   /   02:10 pm
 Myanmar's Suu Kyi seen in court for first time since coup Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (right) and Win Htein, chief executive committee members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), attend the funeral service for the party's former chairman Aung Shwe in Yangon on August 17, 2017. (Agence France Presse/AFP)

Ousted Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced court on Monday via video link, being seen by her lawyer for the first time since a military coup one month ago triggered relentless and massive protests.

Suu Kyi's appearance came as demonstrators took to the streets again across the country in defiance of an escalation of force from the junta that on Sunday resulted in the deadliest day of unrest since the takeover.

At least 18 people died on Sunday as troops and police fired live bullets at demonstrators in cities across Myanmar, according to the United Nations, which cited its own credible information.

Suu Kyi, 75, appeared healthy during Monday's court appearance, lawyer Khin Maung Zaw, told AFP by telephone during a break in proceedings.

Suu Kyi was detained in Naypyidaw, the nation's capital, before dawn on the day of the coup, and had not been since in public since.

She has reportedly been kept under house arrest in Naypyidaw, an isolated city that the military built during a previous dictatorship.

The military has justified its takeover, ending a decade-long democratic experiment, by making unfounded allegations of widespread fraud in last November's national elections.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won the election in a landslide.

The generals have hit Suu Kyi with two charges the international community widely regards as frivolous -- relating to importing walkie talkies and staging a campaign rally during the pandemic.

Monday's court proceedings were preliminary matters in the case, including with Khin Maung Zaw seeking to formally represent her.

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