Burmese junta hits Suu Kyi with more corruption charges – .

Burmese junta hits Suu Kyi with more corruption charges – .

Rangoon (AFP)

Burmese junta authorities have brought new corruption charges against Aung San Suu Kyi, his lawyer said on Tuesday, adding to an eclectic indictment that could see the Nobel laureate jailed for more than a decade.

A mass uprising in Myanmar against the February military coup has met with brutal repression that has killed more than 890 civilians, according to a local watch group.

Suu Kyi, 76, under house arrest, is already on trial on charges of sedition, illegal importation of walkie-talkies and disregarding coronavirus restrictions in last year’s election, her party won a landslide.

She will face four more corruption charges, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told reporters on Tuesday, adding to those she already faces over allegations that she illegally accepted $ 600,000 in cash and around 11 kilograms of gold. .

His legal team has yet to see “the first briefing reports and other documents,” he said, adding that the charges would be heard by a court in Mandalay Second City from July 22.

Tuesday’s hearing on charges that Suu Kyi violated Covid restrictions has been adjourned as no prosecution witnesses have appeared, Khin Maung Zaw said.

On Monday, a prosecution witness did not testify after being infected with the coronavirus.

Infections are on the rise in Myanmar, with the state administration board – as the military junta calls itself – reporting more than 5,000 new cases on Monday, up from less than 50 a day in early May.


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