Myanmar junta postpones Suu Kyi court date again
Yangon, Myanmar: Myanmar's junta postponed court proceedings against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the 12th time on Monday, according to her lawyers, as they battle for permission to see her after she was detained for 12 weeks.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military deposed Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in a February 1 coup, reverting the country to junta rule after a brief period of democracy.
Security forces have launched a violent campaign to quell the widespread rebellion, with large swaths of the population taking to the streets in protest.
Meanwhile, Suu Kyi has been put under house arrest, with the junta accusing her of sedition and possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies.
However, her case has been postponed until May 10, according to her lawyer Min Min Soe, who spoke after a hearing on Monday.
Min Min Soe said the team has yet to obtain permission to speak with Suu Kyi in person, despite the fact that it has been 12 weeks since she was detained.
"When the judge asked (police) what point they were at, they said they couldn't say," she told AFP, adding that Suu Kyi was disappointed by the slow progress.
"I believe she is unable to watch news or television. I doubt she is aware of the current state of affairs in the country "she said
In addition to not being able to meet with Suu Kyi, junta-imposed mobile data shutdowns have also stopped past hearings from being video-conferenced.
Suu Kyi is charged under Myanmar's official secrets regulation, and a trial is scheduled for May 6 in Yangon.
Protests around the country continued Monday, with demonstrators raising posters reading "Free our Leaders" and waving red flags with a golden peacock, Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy Party's emblem.
The junta has justified its power grab by arguing that it is defending democracy by alleging electoral fraud in the November elections, which the NLD won by a large margin.
According to a local monitoring organization, security forces have killed over 750 people since the coup.
The junta has put the death toll much lower, blaming the violence on "rioters."