Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi charged with imprisonment

Source : 112 Ukraine

State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is accused of corruption, bribery, violation of the law on state secrets, violation of quarantine - lawyers consider all accusations politically motivated
14:30, 11 June 2021

Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

In Myanmar, the Corruption Commission, which is controlled by the military junta, has filed a number of charges against deposed leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. CNN reported this citing state media.

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Aung San Suu Kyi found guilty of committing corruption using her rank. The commission said Suu Kyi "misused her authority" in renting land and a building to open the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation headquarters, where she served as chairperson. The commission also said Suu Kyi "illegally accepted" $600,000 in cash, as well as gold, while in office.

The accusation comes from an earlier complaint in March from a former Yangon regional minister.

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Suu Kyi has been charged with a series of crimes that include illegal possession of walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions during election campaigning last year. Separately, Suu Kyi is accused of violating the Official Secrets Act.

Suu Kyi's lawyer Khin Maung Zaw called the cases of bribery and corruption "absurd" and "groundless."

Her trial for these charges starts June 14 and is expected to wrap up by July 26. And if Suu Kyi found guilty, she faces a maximum of 14 years in prison.

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military coup took place in Myanmar on early Monday, February 1. The troops arrested President U Wyn Myint, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and other top-rank statesmen. Press secretary of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), Dr. Myo Nyunt said it in a commentary. The official added that he himself would be detained soon, either.

As the arrests were conducted, the military TV of Myanmar announced the state of emergency in this country, which is supposed to last one year. The MRTV, the state-run television, and radio ceased to work. Telecommunications in the capital and some other regions are down. 

The Western governments condemned violence; some countries introduced sanctions.

Wednesday, March 3 became the bloodiest date for Myanmar; at least 38 people deceased on that day, as the military brutally dispersed protesters. According to the UN, More than 50 citizens have lost their lives in acts of street violence since the military coup took place in the country on February 1. 1,200 people were arrested over the last few days. Many families have no idea where their close people are.

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