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Suu Kyi to appear in court soon: Myanmar junta

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Myanmar’s ruling military junta said that deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was overthrown in a February coup, will appear in court in the coming days, her first public appearance since being deposed.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health. She is at her home and healthy. She is going to face trial at the court in a few days,” junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said in an interview with Phoenix Television, according to excerpts released on Saturday.

The court appearance will mark the first time Suu Kyi will be seen in public since the military took over and enacted a harsh crackdown on Feb. 1. She has thus far appeared only by video link for court proceedings.

More than 4,200 people in Myanmar have been arrested, charged or sentenced, and 815 have been killed by the junta.

The protests against the military have morphed into an armed resistance, with rebel armed groups launching attacks on junta infrastructure.

Suu Kyi won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her resistance against Myanmar’s military leaders and had been hailed as a pioneer of democracy in the country. However, her international brand took a massive hit in recent years amid a brutal military campaign against the Rohingya Muslim population, with critics likening the effort to ethnic cleansing.

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