Myanmar’s military junta, on Thursday, formally charged its ex-leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials with corruption, one of the most serious of the seven cases registered against the civilian leader ever since she was put under detention during the February coup.
As per the state media, the latest charges relate to allegations by the former Yangon region chief minister that Suu Kyi illegally accepted $600,000 in cash from him along with around 11 kilograms of gold.
“The Anti-Corruption Commission has inspected corruption cases against ex-state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” the ministry said. “She was found guilty of committing corruption using her rank.”
In Myanmar, political post holders who are convicted of corruption could face maximum 15 years in prison.
A separate case will be initiated on June 15 against the leader, where she is charged with sedition alongside ex-president Win Myint and another senior member of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
The junta had earlier moved Suu Kyi and Myint from their residences in the capital, Naypyidaw, to an unknown location. The two have been held by the country’s powerful military since it seized power in a coup on Feb. 1.
This news made headlines on Thursday and immediately went viral on social media. People across the globe took to social media to condemn the junta and demanded the release of Suu Kyi and the restoration of peace in the country.
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