Myanmar's ousted leader Suu Kyi faces new corruption charges from junta

Myanmar’s ousted leader Suu Kyi faces new corruption charges from junta


Yangon: Myanmar’s deported leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be hit by the country’s military government’s new corruption allegations. The decision was slammed by her lawyers as “unfounded and illogical” on Thursday.

The new military regime has already issues several criminal charges against the Nobel laureate since she was detained alongside top political allides last month, including owning unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions.

On Wednesday night, military broadcaster Myawady aired a video of a Myanmar businessman confessing to giving her a total of $550,000 over several years.

Maung Weik said he had donated money to senior government figures for the good of his business.

“Aung San Suu Kyi committed corruption and (authorities) are preparing to charge her according to anti-corruption law,” an announcer said during the broadcast.

This is not the first time that corruption charges have been filed against her.

Last week, a military government spokesperson said that the current detained chief minister admitted to giving her $600,000 and 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of gold bars.

“Those accusations are groundless and illogical,” Suu Kyi’s lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told AFP.

“Aung San Suu Kyi may have her defects… but bribery and corruption are not her traits,” he said, adding that most people in Myanmar will not believe the allegations.

Since the coup in February, Myanmar has caused an uproar, with thousands of protesters flooding the streets demanding the restoration of democracy and the release of Suu Kyi.

The military government defended the move, claiming that Suu Kyi’s party won election fraud by an overwhelming advantage in the November elections last year.

Security forces are increasingly inflicting lethal damage on demonstrators.

The local monitoring team “Political Prisoners Aid Association” reported that more than 210 people were killed in crackdowns across the country.

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