Aung San Suu Kyi Charged With Bribery By Myanmar Military

Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with corruption by Myanmar’s military authorities, the most serious charge against her to date.

Suu Kyi is accused of accepting cash and gold in bribes and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Six other charges are pending against her, including illegally importing walkie-talkies and inciting public unrest.

In a coup on 1 February 2021, the former state counsellor was arrested.

Since then, she has been held under house arrest and has barely been seen or heard from except for brief court appearances.

According to a press release issued by the military council, Suu Kyi accepted $600,000 (£425,000) in bribes and seven pieces of gold.

Additionally, it alleged that the previous civilian government – the National League for Democracy (NLD) – had lost substantial amounts of money in land deals. As well as Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest during previous periods of military rule, several other former officials face similar charges of corruption and bribery.

Previously, Suu Kyi had been charged with breaking the official secrets act, which carries a sentence of up to 14 years in prison.

After the general elections in 2020, Myanmar’s military seized power on allegations of voter fraud.

However, independent election monitors say the election was mostly free and fair, and the charges against Ms Suu Kyi are widely viewed as politically motivated.

Due to her enduring popularity, they will likely be used to disqualify her from running in future elections.

Khin Maung Zaw, her lawyer, said the corruption charges are absurd and that she could face long prison terms if found guilty.

“That’s one of the reasons to charge her,” he said.

Burma’s military has brutally suppressed pro-democracy protesters following the coup.

According to the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), security forces have killed more than 800 people and detained nearly 5,000 people to date.

The charges against Aung San Suu Kyi:
Corruption, which carries a maximum jail term of 15 years;
Violation of the official secrets act, which carries a maximum jail term of 14 years
Illegally importing walkie-talkies, which carries a maximum jail term of three years
Importing walkie-talkies, which carries a maximum jail term of one year
Violation of a natural disaster law, which carries a maximum jail term of three years
Inciting public unrest, which carries a maximum jail term of three years

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