June 20, 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi indicted for corruption in Burma

“These accusations are absurd”, denounced one of his lawyers. Former Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, overthrown by military coup, charged with corruption, the official newspaper reported on Thursday (June 10th). The Global New Light of Myanmar. The former de facto head of the civilian government is notably accused of having perceived “600,000 dollars and several kilos of gold” bribes. She is also being prosecuted for the abusive exploitation of land for the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, which she chaired.

Aung San Suu Kyi “Was found guilty of committing acts of corruption using her position. She was therefore charged under article 55 of the anti-corruption law ”, specifies the newspaper. “The goal is to keep her away from the stage [politique] of the country and tarnish its image ”, said one of his lawyers, Khin Maung Zaw.

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Numerous indictments

Arrested on the morning of 1is February, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate already faces numerous charges, ranging from illegal possession of walkie-talkies to inciting public unrest and violating a state secrets law . If found guilty, she can be banned from political life and face long years in prison. Two trials are already scheduled in the capital, Naypyidaw, with the first scheduled to start on June 14. The ex-leader, aged 75, could be called to appear later in Yangon for the section concerning the violation of the text on state secrets.

To justify its coup, the junta alleged massive fraud in the legislative elections of November 2020, won by the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party. Almost daily demonstrations, economy paralyzed by strikes, resurgence of clashes between the army and rebel ethnic factions: Burma has been in turmoil since this putsch which ended a democratic parenthesis of ten years.

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The protest movement is bloodily suppressed by the security forces, who have killed in recent months nearly 860 civilians, including women and children, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP) of Myanmar. Nearly 5,000 people have been taken into custody, with NGOs denouncing cases of extrajudicial executions, torture or violence against women.

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The World with AFP