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Myanmar junta to place Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for corruption

YANGON: Myanmar’s junta will put ousted chief Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for corruption, her lawyer mentioned on Friday (Sep 17), including to a raft of ongoing instances that would see her jailed for many years.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been underneath home arrest since she and her elected authorities have been deposed by the army in a February coup that sparked a mass rebellion and a brutal crackdown on dissent.

The 76-year-old Nobel laureate is at the moment on trial for flouting coronavirus restrictions throughout polls her social gathering gained in a landslide final 12 months, illegally importing walkie-talkies and sedition.

She’s going to face a brand new trial on 4 prices of corruption starting on Oct 1 within the capital Naypyidaw, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw mentioned.

Every corruption cost carries a most sentence of 15 years.

The continued trials have been delayed for 2 months as Myanmar grappled with a coronavirus surge and solely resumed this week, with Aung San Suu Kyi skipping the first day on health grounds.

Journalists have been barred from all proceedings up to now.

The junta has additionally charged her for accepting unlawful funds of gold and violating a colonial-era secrecy regulation, though these are but to come back to court docket.

Her Nationwide League for Democracy authorities was deposed by the army for alleged voter fraud in the course of the 2020 polls, through which it trounced a political social gathering aligned with the generals.

A nationwide rebellion and ongoing unrest has paralysed the financial system of the Southeast Asian nation.

Greater than 1,100 individuals have been killed and greater than 8,000 arrested, in line with a neighborhood monitoring group.

The army says the toll is far decrease.

Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing mentioned final month that elections can be held and a state of emergency lifted by August 2023, extending the army’s preliminary one-year timeline introduced days after the coup.


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