Burma’s military government: Aung San Suu Kyi will appear in court for trial

The head of Myanmar’s military government says ousted former Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health and will appear in court in the coming days.

Burma’s junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said in a video interview released in part by Hong Kong’s Phoenix Television on Saturday (May 22), “She (Aung San Suu Kyi) is currently at home and in good health. She will appear in court in the next few days.” It was Min Aung Hlaing’s first interview with the media since the Feb. 1 military coup.

Aung San Suu Kyi faces several criminal charges, including possession of an unregistered wireless walkie-talkie, violation of the New Crown virus restrictions, violation of the communications law and inciting public disorder. She is also accused by the junta of accepting $600,000 in illegal financial payments.

The coup sparked deadly demonstrations against the junta and clashes between the junta and several ethnic armed groups in Myanmar.

Local media reported that Myanmar’s Kachin Independence Army (KIA) launched an attack on an army post in Sagaing region on Saturday morning. A spokesman for the Kachin Independence Army confirmed the attack to Reuters, but did not provide details.

Protesters across Myanmar have been calling for the restoration of the democratically elected government, which has implemented a decade of democratic reforms under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says the Burmese junta has killed more than 800 protesters since the coup to quell the protests.