Myanmar. New corruption charges against ousted leader – ZAP

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Lawyers for the ousted leader from Myanmar (formerly Burma) said on Monday that they had been informed by the military-installed government of four new corruption charges against Aung San Suu Kyi.

The armed forces toppled Suu Kyi’s elected government in February, arrested the leader, as well as top members of her party, the National League for Democracy, including president Win Myint, the agency recalled Portuguese.

A popular resistance The widespread anti-military takeover continues, despite tough measures by the security forces to quash it. Since taking power, the new government has filed a series of criminal charges against Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi’s supporters, as well as independent analysts, say all the accusations are politically motivated and an attempt to discredit her and legitimize the military’s takeover.

The leader is currently on trial in the capital on charges of sedition, disregard for covid-19’s pandemic restrictions during the 2020 election campaign, illegal import of walkie-talkies that were for the use of her bodyguards and unlicensed use of radios . Win Myint is undercover on several of the charges.

Suu Kyi has also faced additional charges that have yet to be tried: accepting bribes, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison, and violating the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum period of 14 years.

One of her lawyers, Min Min Soe, told reporters on Monday that there would be a first hearing on the new charges on June 22 at the Supreme Court in Mandalay. The defender said that two of the charges are exclusively against Suu Kyi, and the other two include other people, but no further details were given to her defense team. A long and comprehensive news conference held by the government on Monday made no mention of the new allegations.

On June 10, the official media reported that the State Anti-Corruption Commission had discovered that Suu Kyi accepted bribes and he abused his authority to gain an advantage in terms of real estate deals. Suu Kyi’s lawyers already denied the charges when they were first filed in March.

News in state media, including the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper, said the anti-corruption body had discovered that Suu Kyi illegally accepted $600,000 and seven gold bars from the former leader of the Yangon Region, a political ally.

The article also indicated that the commission had discovered that Suu Kyi had abused her position to obtain below-market rental properties for a charitable foundation named after her mother and over which she presided.

The news said that the action deprived the state of income. State television showed videos of testimony from alleged witnesses to the cash and gold payments, but there was no explanation of the circumstances in which the videos were taken and no evidence to support what was said.