Burma’s military junta has charged the country’s overthrown de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, with new charges of corruption after a businessman claimed to have paid her $ 550,000.
According to the President of Say Paing Construction, Maung Weik, on the state network MRTV, which Bloomberg collects, he would have agreed to pay him this amount between 2018 and 2020 at his place of residence in order to continue his projects without any problems.
With these allegations, Suu Kyi, who has been arrested since February 1, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for violating anti-corruption laws.
The military junta has prevented the displaced leader from meeting with her legal team, despite having already denied the irregularities reported by the businessman and classified all charges as political. At the moment, one of the hearings he had scheduled for March 15 has been postponed due to the lack of internet access in court.
The board of directors has already accused Suu Kyi of using some of the funds donated to the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation for personal purposes, leasing state-owned land for the foundation’s office, and purchasing land for a vocational training center in Naipidó at a lower market value.
She was previously charged under the Export-Import Act, the Natural Disaster Management Act, the Telecommunications Act and incitement under a section of the Colonial Criminal Code.
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General’s spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, has indicated that the United Nations team on the ground “is deeply concerned and concerned about the more than 2,000 people arbitrarily arrested for taking part in peaceful protests “is.
According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the team has also condemned the use of violence against children, with at least 15 minors killed.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) states that migrants in Burma are hardest hit by the current crisis, while it is estimated that one in four in the country is a migrant.
Therefore, the IOM has called for an immediate end to the violence and for the protection and recognition of the fundamental rights and aspirations of migrants, vulnerable people and the entire population of Burma.
Given the situation plaguing the country, protests continue on the streets of various cities and are characterized by the use of force by the police. In this way, according to the independent media “The Irrawaddy”, more than 215 people were killed by the armed forces, six were shot on the last day.