Corruption charges have been opened against ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials in her government, Myanmar’s Global New Light said on Thursday.
It is the latest in a series of indictments against the elected leader after she was ousted by the military on February 1 in a coup, plunging the Southeast Asian country into chaos.
The state newspaper quoted the Anti-Corruption Commission as saying the allegations were related to the misuse of land for the Daw Khin Kyi Charity Foundation, which she chairs. Before that, she was accused of accepting money and gold bribes.
It was reported that the case file was opened against Aung San Suu Kyi and several other officials from the capital Naypyidaw at police stations on Wednesday (June 9).
The newspaper added: “Suu Kyi is accused of corruption by using her influence. Therefore, she is charged under the Anti-Corruption Act, section 55.” Under the law, a convicted person can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
In addition to the latest corruption charges, Ms. Suu Kyi has previously been charged with illegally possessing walkie-talkies, violating the Official Secrets Act, as well as violating epidemic restrictions.
But Suu Kyi’s lawyers and supporters say all of the charges are politically motivated.
The military says her party rigged the November election, an allegation denied by the electoral commission and international monitors.
Since the coup, Myanmar has fallen into a serious crisis. The economy crippled in the face of strikes. Meanwhile, people continue to hold daily protests against the army, despite hundreds of people being killed. In many areas of the country, armed conflicts have taken place between the army and ethnic armies, as well as spontaneous militia groups.