onsdag 4. mai 2022

Aung San Suu Kyi on trial in fresh bribery case against ousted Myanmar leader

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has gone on trial in a new corruption case against her, alleging she took $550,000 in bribes from a construction magnate. She is charged with two counts under the country’s the Anti-Corruption Act, with each count punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine. Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since the army ousted her elected government in February 2021 and has not been seen or allowed to speak in public since then. She is being tried in closed sessions and her lawyers cannot speak publicly on her behalf or about her trial because of a gag order placed on them.

She has already been sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment after being convicted of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies, violating coronavirus restrictions, sedition and another corruption charge. Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters and human rights groups have said the cases against her are an attempt to discredit her and legitimise the military’s seizure of power, eliminating the possibility of her taking part in a possible 2023 election.