Suu Kyi Court Hearing Postponed Over Myanmar Internet Outage


The scheduled video court appearance by Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was postponed on Monday following a blockade on mobile data networks, as protesters returned to the streets after the bloodiest day since the military coup six weeks ago.

The court hearing for Suu Kyi was scheduled for 10 am (0330 GMT) in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, but it was postponed until March 24, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told reporters.

“There’s no court hearing because there’s no internet and the hearing is conducted by video conference… We cannot do video,” he said.

Suu Kyi faces at least four charges: possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies, violating coronavirus restrictions, breaching telecommunications laws, and intent to cause public unrest.

Military authorities have also accused her of accepting illegal payments of $600,000 in cash as well as a large quantity of gold — allegations her lawyer says are “groundless”.

According to hospital data, no fewer than 59 protesters were killed on Sunday as security forces cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrations, taking the death toll since the coup to more than 120.

Myanmar has been in uproar since the coup, with daily protests demanding a restoration of democracy.



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