The other two trials concern one charge of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which prohibits the sharing of state information that could be useful to an enemy, and four counts of corruption. The trial for a fifth corruption charge has not yet started.
Prosecutors have provided no physical evidence of the corruption charges, which include allegations that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi accepted cash and gold bribes. She called the accusations “absurd”.
Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and her enduring popularity in Myanmar have long been a thorn in the side of the Burmese military, which ruled for half a century after taking power in 1962. The military held her in residence. monitored for a total of 15 years. and invalidated the first election she won in 1990. He began to loosen his grip on power in 2010 and Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi again led her party to victory five years later.
During her five years as the country’s civilian leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has been locked into a difficult power-sharing deal with the military. Under the constitution drafted by the generals, the military retains control of the military and police, appoints its own commander-in-chief, and controls a quarter of parliament.
After 2016, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party controlled the civilian part of the government. His detractors have criticized him for not having overhauled the judicial system and replaced the judges supported by the army when she had the opportunity.
It’s a decision that can haunt her.
Myanmar’s judiciary is known to side with the military in human rights and political matters. Judge hearing the Official Secrets Act case U Ye Lwin sentenced two Reuters journalists who uncovered a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state to seven years in prison in 2018 on the same charge .