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Myanmar’s Aung San Su Kyi Faces Fresh Corruption Charges as Trial Nears

The Myanmar military on June 10 has charged deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former government officials with corruption, state media reported.

The Anti-Corruption Commission accused Suu Kyi of illegally accepting $600,000 in cash and 11 kilograms of gold from the former chief minister of Yangon, state newspaper Global New City Light of Myanmar reported.

The paper reported that the charge is related to Suu Kyi’s misuse of her authority in renting 1.86 acres of land and building in Bahan Township for the headquarters of charitable Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, where she served as the chairperson.

“She was found guilty of committing corruption using her rank. So she was charged under anti-corruption law, section 55,” the paper reported.

The law provides a punishment of up to 15 years in prison for those found guilty.

The corruption charge is the latest of a series of charges against Suu Kyi, which her supporters claim as politically motivated.

Suu Kyi’s next trial in remote capital Naypyidaw is scheduled on June 14 on charges of violating restrictions during the November elections and for illegally possessing unlicensed walkie-talkie radios.

Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since Feb. 1 when the military staged a coup, claiming voter fraud during last year’s elections — a claim rejected by the previous election commission and by international monitors.

The coup has sparked months-long deadly protests in the Southeast Asian country, with 860 people killed by security forces and 4,804 arrested as of June 10, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

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