Myanmar authorities open new corruption cases against Suu Kyi

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New corruption cases have been opened against Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials from her government, reports said on Thursday.

The cases are the latest of a series brought against elected leader Suu Kyi, who was overthrown by the army on Feb. 1 in a coup that has plunged the Southeast Asian country into chaos.

The Anti-Corruption Commission said the accusations related to the misuse of land for the charitable Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, which she chaired, as well as earlier accusations of accepting money and gold.

It said case files had been opened against Suu Kyi and several other officials from the capital Naypyidaw at police stations on Wednesday.

“She was found guilty of committing corruption using her rank. So she was charged under Anti-Corruption Law section 55,” reports said. That law provides for up to 15 years in prison for those found guilty.

Suu Kyi’s lawyers were unreachable for comment immediately.

Cases Suu Kyi already faced ranged from the illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios to breaking the Official Secrets Act. Her supporters say the cases are politically motivated.

The army overthrew Suu Kyi saying her party had cheated in November elections, an accusation rejected by the previous election commission and international monitors.

Since then, the army has failed to establish control. It faces daily protests, strikes that have paralysed the economy by opponents of the junta, a rash of assassinations and bomb attacks and a resurgence of conflicts in Myanmar’s borderlands.

Olusola Akintonde/Reuters

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