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Myanmar junta hits Aung San Suu Kyi with graft fees; her lawyer dismisses corruption claims as ‘absurd’-World News , Firstpost

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

File picture of Aung San Suu Kyi. By Al Drago © 2016 The New York Times

Yangon:  The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption fees 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 because the generals ousted Suu Kyi on 1 February, with greater than 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 because the putsch, is dealing with a raft of wide-ranging legal fees, together with sedition and breaching a colonial-era secrecy regulation. The newest fees 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 Commission discovered proof that Suu Kyi had dedicated “corruption using her rank”, in line with the Global New Light of Myanmar, a State-run newspaper.

“So she was charged under Anti-Corruption Law section 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 attributable to begin in earnest subsequent week, listening to proof from witnesses.

In Naypyidaw, the distant capital purpose-built by the earlier army regime, her trial on fees of violating restrictions throughout final yr’s election marketing campaign and possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies will begin on Monday.

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

‘Charges absurd’

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

“There is an undeniable political background to keep her out of the scene of the country and to smear her prestige,” he advised AFP, saying she may face lengthy jail phrases on the secrecy and corruption fees.

“That’s one of the reasons to charge her, to keep her out of the scene.”

Suu Kyi spent greater than 15 years beneath home arrest through the earlier army rule earlier than her 2010 launch.

Her worldwide stature diminished following a wave of army violence focusing on Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s marginalised Muslim Rohingya neighborhood, however the coup has returned Suu Kyi to the function of cloistered democracy icon.

The junta has beforehand stated it could maintain recent elections inside two years however has additionally threatened to dissolve the NLD.

“That election, I cannot say if it will materialise or not, and maybe NLD will not be able to compete,” Khin Maung Zaw advised AFP.

“But for Aung San Suu Kyi, if she is convicted under these charges she will not be allowed to compete.”

Richard Horsey, senior advisor on Myanmar to the International Crisis Group, advised AFP that smearing opponents with corruption was a longstanding tactic of the army.

“Their ludicrous charges of illegal walkie-talkie use and COVID violations will allow them to lock Aung San Suu Kyi away, but corruption charges are a way to try and besmirch her reputation,” he stated.

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

Elsewhere in Myanmar on Thursday, twelve folks have been killed when a army airplane carrying a senior monk and a number of other donors to a non secular occasion crashed in a central area of the nation.

Two others on board, a boy and a sergeant from the airplane’s crew, survived the crash and have been taken to a army hospital, a junta spokesperson stated.


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