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Myanmar Junta To Put Aung San Suu Kyi On Trial For Corruption

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Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since the February coup. (To file)

Yangon:

The Burmese junta will bring ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to justice for corruption, her lawyer said on Friday, adding to a string of ongoing cases that could see her imprisoned for decades.

Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since she and her elected government were overthrown by the military in a February coup that sparked a mass uprising and a brutal crackdown on dissent.

The 76-year-old Nobel laureate is currently on trial for flouting coronavirus restrictions in polls won by her party in a landslide last year that illegally imported walkie-talkies and sedition.

She will face a new trial on four counts of corruption that will begin Oct. 1 in the capital Naypyidaw, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.

Each corruption charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years.

Ongoing trials have been delayed for two months as Myanmar grapples with a wave of coronavirus and only resumed this week, with Suu Kyi jumping on day one for health reasons.

Journalists have been excluded from all proceedings so far.

The junta also accused her of accepting illegal payments of gold and violating a colonial-era secrecy law, although these have yet to be taken to court.

His National League for Democracy government was overthrown by the military for alleged electoral fraud in the 2020 election, in which he defeated a political party aligned with the generals.

A nationwide uprising and ongoing unrest has crippled the economy of the Southeast Asian nation.

More than 1,100 people have been killed and more than 8,000 arrested, according to a local watch group.

The military says the toll is much lower.

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said last month that elections would be held and the state of emergency would be lifted by August 2023, extending the initial one-year deadline announced by the military. a few days after the coup.

(This story was not edited by DAILYNEWSCATCH staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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