More corruption accusations hit Myanmar’s ousted chief, Aung San Suu Kyi

More corruption accusations hit Myanmar’s ousted chief, Aung San Suu Kyi. 

The authorities of military-ruled Myanmar last Thursday (January 14) have filed new corruption allegations against former chief Aung San Suu Kyi to purchase a helicopter.

It is reported that the Southeast Asian country’s democracy icon has been placed on trial for more than 10 criminal charges. 

She was found guilty of a few of them, resulting in total imprisonment of six years. If she is found guilty on all counts, she could be facing more than 100 years in prison, Kyodo News reported citing sources.

The most recent charge concerns purchasing a helicopter, among other things. The charges were announced on Friday. 

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As reported by Kyodo News, Win Myint, President of the elected government where Suu Kyi served as state counselor up until the military coup in July, was accused of corruption in connection to the helicopter investigation.

During an unconstitutional coup in February, the military swept away Suu Kyi’s democratically-elected government and placed Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, under house detention.

On December 1, Suu Kyi was sentenced to prison for four years for incitement and violating coronavirus laws. 

The sentence was then reduced to two years by request by the military commander, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

This past Monday, the 76-year old was sentenced to four-year prison for illegal importation of walkie-talkies as well as other charges. She denies any wrongdoing. 

However, her supporters think that the charges against her are politically driven, Kyodo News reported.

 

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