Junta piles on charges against Suu Kyi

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 11 Jun 2021

The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption charges over claims she took illegal handouts of gold and many millions of US dollars.

The country has been in turmoil since the generals ousted Suu Kyi on February 1, with nearly 850 civilians killed in a crackdown on near-daily protests against the coup.

Suu Kyi, 75, faces various criminal charges, including sedition and breaching a colonial-era secrecy law.

The latest relate to claims by the former Yangon region chief minister that Suu Kyi accepted 11 kilograms of gold and US$600,000 (HK$4.66 million) from him.

The Anti-Corruption Commission also allegedly has evidence Suu Kyi committed "corruption using her rank."

She is also accused of abusing her authority when renting two areas of land for her charitable foundation.

After weeks of wrangling, two of her trials start in earnest next week.

In Naypyidaw, her trial begins on Monday on charges of violating restrictions during last year's election campaign and possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies.

The second case is scheduled to start on June 15. In that one she is charged with sedition alongside ousted president Win Myint and a senior member of her National League for Democracy party.

Her lawyer dismissed the corruption charges as "absurd," but she could face long prison terms.



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