Myanmar court to start election fraud trial of Aung San Suu Kyi next month

Myanmar court to start election fraud trial of Aung San Suu Kyi next month

Jan 31, 2022: A source familiar with the proceedings said on Monday that a military court in Myanmar would begin hearing the election fraud case against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 14.

Suu Kyi faces trial in more than a dozen cases and so far has been sentenced to a combined six years in detention by a court in the capital Naypyitaw, in legal proceedings derided by the international community as a sham. She has denied the army’s accusations of influencing the election in 2020 poll swept by her party.

Earlier this month, the military-installed government had filed five new corruption charges against ousted leader in connection with granting permits to rent and buy a helicopter, a legal official said Friday.

Suu Kyi, who has been detained since last February’s military takeover, is already being tried on five other corruption charges. Each is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine. She has also been charged with other offenses, and has been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment after being convicted of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions.

The five charges include the hire, purchase and maintenance of a helicopter, alleged bribery and abuse of authority connected to real estate deals. She is also being tried on the charge of violating the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

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