Suu Kyi indicted for another trial on four corruption counts

File photo of ousted State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, seated at left, alongside former president Win Myint and doctor Myo Aung appear at a court in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on May 24, 2021. Image: MRTV
File photo of ousted State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, seated at left, alongside former president Win Myint and doctor Myo Aung appear at a court in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on May 24, 2021. Image: MRTV

A special court in Naypyidaw ruled yesterday that there was enough evidence to indict State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption charges bought by the ruling junta. 

The court’s ruling on four of the many counts of corruption she faces relate to  allegations that the state suffered losses when her government gave land to a foundation established in memory of her late mother Khin Kyi. 

The next hearing will be May 31.

The plaintiff, Ye Htet of the Anti-Corruption Commission, accused Suu Kyi in connection with a corruption case involving Maung Weik, a businessman who allegedly paid her US$500,000 (MMK926 million).

Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the military coup on Feb. 1, 2021, has already been sentenced to a total 11 years in prison on other counts. She is expected to appeal her sentence if convicted. On April 27, she was sentenced to five years in prison under Section 55 of the Anti-Corruption Law for taking bribes of gold and US$60,000 from former Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein. The 76-year-old state counsellor, who still awaits trial on other charges of bribery, also faces a lawsuit brought by the junta under the Government Secrets Act along with an Australian codefendant and her former business adviser, Shawn Turnell.

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