Authorities in Myanmar filed a new charge against Aung San Suu Kyi, who was ousted and detained in a military coup this month and appeared before a court on Tuesday, adding to a case that has been cited to keep her locked up in her home since Feb. 1.
Ms. Suu Kyi stands accused of an offense under a natural disaster management law, which has been generally applied in Myanmar against those who break pandemic-linked restrictions, according to a lawyer appointed by her party to represent her. The lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, said he wasn’t aware of the allegation until he was briefed by a judge on Tuesday after Ms. Suu Kyi’s appearance at a closed video hearing.
Police had already filed charges against Ms. Suu Kyi for allegedly possessing walkie talkies that were illegally imported.
The judge scheduled the next hearing for March 1 and Ms. Suu Kyi will remain in custody until at least that date, when Mr. Zaw plans to apply for bail.
A police spokesman didn’t respond to requests for comment.