Expelled Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court on Friday wearing a white top and a brown longy uniform for prisoners from Southeast Asia.
Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, 76, was sentenced this month to four years in prison for inciting and violating coronavirus laws by a court. His sentence was later reduced to two years in solitary confinement, which has not been disclosed.
It was the first time that Suu Kyi, who is known for wearing a fancy traditional costume and sometimes with a flower in her hair, was seen wearing a prison uniform in court and it was unclear if that was a sign of a dramatic change in her and other senior officials. in the case they were being treated.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the overthrow of Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government led to widespread protests and raised international concerns about the end of political change that had not yet taken place after decades of military rule.
The verdict was the first of nearly 12 cases against Suu Kyi, with more than 100 years in prison. Suu Kyi denies all charges.
The former mayor of the capital, Naypyitaw, Myo Aung, who is also on trial, appeared in court wearing a prison uniform on Friday, a source said on condition of anonymity.
The wraparound sarong, also known as longyi, is a traditional dress worn by men and women in Myanmar.
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In a statement issued on Tuesday, Military Governor Min Aung Hlaing said state media Suu Kyi and ousted President Win Myint would remain in one place during their trial and would not be jailed.
Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar freedom fighter, spent years in jail for her opposition to the military but was released in 2010 and led her National League for Democracy party to a landslide victory in the 2015 elections before her arrest after February. 1 military coup.
Her case in Naypyitaw has been closed to the media and Suu Kyi’s lawyers have been denied access to the media and the public.