According to the state newspaper “The Global New Light of Myanmar”, the Burmese authorities have made corruption charges against the country’s former “de facto” leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was overthrown after the February 1 military coup.
According to this information, the country’s anti-corruption commission found that Suu Kyi had illegally accepted $ 600,000 and seven gold bars from a former Yangon head of government.
Likewise, the organism has indicated that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has abused her authority to lease land in Bahan at a lower price than that fixed by the market, a similar case where she is connected to land, Naypidó.
The newspaper pointed out that these cases also included other former Burmese charges of corruption, on top of the allegations made by the military authorities against Suu Kyi since the coup.
Suu Kyi’s defense attorney, Jin Maung Zau, has described the new allegations as “absurd” and unfounded. “I have never met a more honest and incorruptible person than Aung San Suu Kyi,” he said in a statement to the German news agency DPA.
Suu Kyi faces up to 15 years in prison for these corruption allegations, on top of about half a dozen other charges against her, including violating trade laws, anti-coronavirus measures and inciting sedition.
The former “de facto” leader of Burma appeared before a court in Naipyidó on March 24, at her first personal appearance before the judiciary since her arrest on February 1, together with then-President Win Myint. Until then, he had appeared several times to give testimony via video conference.
The coup took place hours before the country’s new parliament took office following last year’s elections in the country where a party with links to the army denounced fraud and where the National League for Democracy of Suu Kyi (NLD ) won a large majority.
The coup triggered a wave of popular protests that were harshly suppressed by the army and police, incidents that, according to the Association for Aid to Political Prisoners, have resulted in more than 850 deaths and almost 6,000 prisoners to date (AAPP).