Suu Kyi may see ‘decade-long jail term’ as corruption charges add up

Nobel laureate already on trial for sedition, illegally importing walkie-talkies, violating Covid-19 curbs during polls last year

YANGON – Myanmar’s junta authorities have slapped more corruption charges on Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said yesterday, adding to an eclectic charge sheet that could see the Nobel laureate jailed for more than a decade.

A mass uprising against the military’s coup in February has been met with a brutal crackdown that has killed more than 890 civilians, according to a local monitoring group.

Suu Kyi, 76, who is under house arrest, is already on trial for sedition, illegally importing walkie-talkies and flouting coronavirus restrictions during elections last year, which her party won in a landslide.

She will face four more charges of corruption, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told reporters yesterday, adding to those she already faces over claims she illegally accepted US$600,000 (RM2.5 million) in cash and around 11kg of gold.

Her legal team has yet to see “the first information reports and other documents”, he said, adding that the charges will be heard by a court in Mandalay from July 22.

Suu Kyi may see ‘decade-long jail term’ as corruption charges add up
Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest, has been slapped with more corruption charges, which will be heard by a court in Mandalay from July 22. – AFP pic, July 14, 2021

The hearing on charges Suu Kyi violated Covid-19 restrictions was adjourned yesterday, as no prosecution witnesses showed up, he added.

On Monday, a prosecution witness failed to testify after becoming infected with the coronavirus.

Infections are spiking in Myanmar, with the State Administration Council – as the military junta calls itself – reporting more than 5,000 new cases on Monday, up from fewer than 50 per day in early May.

AFP

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