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Myanmar Junta To Put Aung San Suu Kyi On Trial For Corruption

Aung San Suu Kyi has been below home arrest since Februrary coup. (File)


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

Suu Kyi has been below home arrest since she and her elected authorities had been deposed by the navy 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 yr, illegally importing walkie talkies and sedition.

She will face a brand new trial on 4 costs of corruption starting on October 1 within the capital Naypyidaw, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw stated.

Each corruption cost carries a most sentence of 15 years.

The ongoing trials had been delayed for 2 months as Myanmar grappled with a coronavirus surge and solely resumed this week, with Suu Kyi skipping the primary day on well being grounds.

Journalists have been barred from all proceedings thus far.

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

Her National League for Democracy authorities was deposed by the navy for alleged voter fraud throughout the 2020 polls, by 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.

More than 1,100 folks have been killed and over 8,000 arrested, based on a neighborhood monitoring group.

The navy says the toll is far decrease.

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

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