Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi will appear in court in person to face a charge of “incitement to sedition.”
The sedition charge is the most serious she faces, but she is also accused of violating a state secrets law and breaking coronavirus containment measures.
Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since a coup at the beginning of February and has not been seen in public since.
Her lawyers are hoping to finally have access to the 75-year-old.
While Suu Kyi has answered questions in court by video link over recent weeks, her lawyers have been unable to meet her in person.
A special courtroom had been set up for the hearing on Monday in the capital Naypyidaw, not far from Suu Kyi’s home, her lawyer Min Min Soe said.
In an interview published on Saturday by Chinese-language broadcaster Phoenix, Myanmar’s military ruler, Min Aung Hlaing, said Suu Kyi was in good health.
Nationwide protests against the coup have been met with fierce army reprisals that left hundreds of people dead.
In the interview, the junta chief claimed the media had vastly overstated the number of dead, putting it at “around 300”.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group, at least 812 people have been killed while more than 5300 have been detained.