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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘in quarantine’ after staff gets Covid

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In this file photo taken on Sept 8, 2020 Myanmar's then civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi wears a face shield and mask, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, as she attends an election event in Naypyidaw. AFP

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘in quarantine’ after staff gets Covid

Former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has skipped three days of her trial after Covid-19 was detected among her staff and she was placed in quarantine, a source with knowledge of the case said on Monday.

The 76-year-old’s civilian administration was dissolved last year over perceived irregularities in the 2020 general election, and she faces a raft of charges that could see her jailed for more than 150 years.

Currently on trial for alleged corruption, breaching Myanmar’s official secrets act and pressuring the election commission, Suu Kyi has not appeared in court since last Thursday, the legal source told AFP.

“Some people in her company have been infected by Covid-19... and so she’s kept in quarantine, although she’s not infected,” the source said.

“We are worried because we haven’t been able to see her.”

Former president Win Myint – charged alongside Suu Kyi – appeared at the court on Monday via video conferencing, the source added.

Suu Kyi and her personal staff have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 since being taken into military custody, her lawyer told AFP last July.

She missed a hearing in September due to illness, and in October, her lawyer said her health had suffered from her frequent appearances before the junta-run court.

Journalists are barred from the proceedings in Naypyidaw, and her lawyers have been banned from speaking to the press.

Suu Kyi was previously sentenced to a total six years in jail for incitement against the military, breaching Covid-19 rules and breaking a telecommunications law – although she remains under house arrest while she fights other charges.

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