Five new charges against the country’s ousted leader relate to renting, buying and maintaining helicopters used by her government.
Myanmar’s military-installed government has brought five new corruption charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the granting of licenses to rent and buy helicopters, an official said.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained since a military coup last February, is already on trial on five other corruption charges. Each can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and a fine.
Aung San Suu Kyi had previously faced other charges and was sentenced to six years in prison. Convicted of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies And violate coronavirus restrictions.
Her supporters and human rights groups say the case against her was designed by the military to justify its takeover and prevent her from returning to politics.
The junta has rejected criticism.
“No one is above the law. I just want to say that she will be tried in accordance with the law,” government spokesman Major General Zawmin Tun said when asked about the matter at a news conference on Friday.
The military seizes power Block Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD party from starting a second five-year term.
The military has said it acted because of widespread fraud in the November 2020 election, but independent poll watchers insist there is little evidence of that.
The takeover has been met with widespread popular protests and Myanmar is now deadly Armed resistance army rule.
At least 1,469 people have been killed and more than 11,500 detained since the Feb. 1 coup last year, according to the Aid Society, which monitors the rights of political prisoners in Myanmar.
The five new charges relate to the rental, purchase and maintenance of helicopters, said a legal official familiar with the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
State media announced in December that Aung San Suu Kyi and Win MinShe, a former government president, will be prosecuted under the Anti-Corruption Act for hiring a helicopter.
Myanmar’s state-run Global New Light newspaper said the anti-corruption commission found they abused their power by neglecting to comply with financial regulations when approving then-Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister Wen Miao, resulting in the loss of state funds. Yes, rent and buy a helicopter.
Win Myat Aye is currently UN Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management The Government of National Unity was formed as a parallel government against military rule. Underground organizations are considered illegal by the military.
Other corruption charges in which Aung San Suu Kyi was indicted involve alleged bribery and abuse of power in relation to real estate transactions.
She was also tried for breaching the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.
The junta said she and her colleagues would also stand trial for alleged electoral fraud.