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Myanmar junta opens new corruption cases against Suu Kyi, state media report


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New corruption cases have been launched against ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials of her government, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.

These cases are the latest in a series against the elected leader. Suu Kyi, who was overthrown by the army on 1 February in coup which plunged the country of Southeast Asia into chaos.

The state newspaper cited the Anti-Corruption Commission, which referred to allegations of misuse of land for the Dau Khin Chih Charitable Foundation, which it heads, as well as earlier allegations of accepting money and gold.

It said that cases were filed at police stations on Wednesday against Suu Kyi and several other officials from the capital Naypyidaw.

“She was found guilty of corruption using her rank. Thus, she was charged under Article 55 of the Anti-Corruption Law, ”the statement reads. This law provides for up to 15 years in prison for those found guilty.

Reuters was unable to immediately contact Suu Kyi’s lawyers for comment.

The cases Suu Kyi has already encountered range from illegal possession of radios to violation of the State Secrets Act… Its supporters say the cases are politically motivated.

The army overthrew Suu Kyi, claiming that her party had cheated in the November elections. This accusation was denied by the previous election commission and international observers.

Since then, the army has failed to establish control. It faces daily protests, strikes that have crippled the economy by opponents of the junta, a series of killings and bombings, and renewed conflicts in the border regions of Myanmar.


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