August 3, 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi targeted by new corruption charges

Currently on trial for a series of reasons and facing more than ten years in prison, Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the Burmese civilian government overthrown by the junta in February, will face four more corruption charges, told reporters , Tuesday July 13, his lawyer. The ruling military junta in Burma has launched new lawsuits against the leader.

Under house arrest, 76-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi is already charged with sedition, violating a colonial-era state secrets law, and bribery, accused of collecting more than half a million dollars and ten kilograms of gold in bribes.

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His team of lawyers have yet to study “The first information reports and other documents”said his lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, adding that the charges would be dealt with separately in a court in Mandalay, in the center of the country, from July 22.

Resurgence of violence

At his trial, which is currently being held in the capital, Naypyidaw, Tuesday’s hearing regarding charges of Aung San Suu Kyi violating Covid-19-related health measures has been adjourned, as no prosecution witnesses have spoken. presented, said Khin Maung Zaw. On Monday, a prosecution witness was unable to testify after being infected with the coronavirus. Burma is currently experiencing an unprecedented epidemic peak, with more than 5,000 new cases recorded on Monday, compared to an average of 100 per day in early June.

The country has been in turmoil since the coup d’├ętat of 1is February with demonstrations, massive strikes that paralyze part of the economy and an upsurge in violence between the army and several rebel ethnic factions. More than 890 civilians have been killed by security forces in recent months, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners.

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The World with AFP