Myanmar junta hits Aung San Suu Kyi with graft costs

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YANGON: The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption costs over claims she accepted unlawful funds of gold and greater than half 1,000,000 {dollars} in money, state media reported Thursday.

The nation has been in turmoil for the reason that generals ousted Suu Kyi on February 1, with almost 850 civilians killed in a brutal crackdown by safety forces on near-daily protests in opposition to the coup.

The 75-year-old Nobel laureate, who has been in custody for the reason that coup, is dealing with a raft of wide-ranging felony costs, together with sedition and breaching a colonial-era secrecy legislation.

The newest costs relate to allegations by the previous Yangon area chief minister that Suu Kyi illegally accepted $600,000 in money from him together with round 11 kilograms of gold.

The Anti-Corruption Fee discovered proof that Suu Kyi had dedicated “corruption utilizing her rank”, in accordance with the World New Mild of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper.

“So she was charged underneath Anti-Corruption Regulation part 55.”

She can be accused of abusing her authority when renting two areas of land for her charitable basis.

After weeks of authorized wrangling, two of Suu Kyi’s trials are as a consequence of begin in earnest subsequent week, listening to proof from witnesses.

In Naypyidaw, the distant capital function constructed by the earlier navy regime, her trial will begin on Monday on costs of violating restrictions throughout final 12 months’s election marketing campaign and possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies.

A separate case is scheduled to start out on June 15, the place she is charged with sedition alongside ousted president Win Myint and one other senior member of her Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) celebration.

– Expenses ‘absurd’ –

Her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, dismissed the corruption costs as “absurd”.

“There may be an simple political background to maintain her out of the scene of the nation and to smear her status,” he advised AFP, saying she might face lengthy jail phrases on the secrecy and corruption costs.

“That is one of many causes to cost her — to maintain her out of the scene.”

Suu Kyi spent greater than 15 years underneath home arrest in the course of the earlier navy rule earlier than her 2010 launch.

Her worldwide stature diminished following a wave of navy violence focusing on Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s marginalised Muslim Rohingya group that displaced greater than 1,000,000 individuals, however the coup has returned Suu Kyi to the function of cloistered democracy icon.

The junta has beforehand mentioned it will maintain contemporary elections inside two years however has additionally threatened to dissolve the NLD.

“That election — I can’t say if it can materialise or not, and possibly NLD will be unable to compete,” Suu Kyi’s lawyer Khin Maung Zaw advised AFP.

“However for Aung San Suu Kyi, if she is convicted underneath these costs she is not going to be allowed to compete.”

Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has justified his energy seize by citing alleged electoral fraud within the November ballot, which Suu Kyi’s NLD received in a landslide.

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