Myanmar’s junta military to put Suu Kyi on trial for corruption

Myanmar’s junta will put ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for corruption, her lawyer said today, adding to a raft of ongoing cases that could see her jailed for decades.

Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since she and her elected government were deposed by the military in a February coup that sparked a mass uprising and a brutal crackdown on dissent.

The 76-year-old Nobel laureate is currently on trial for flouting coronavirus restrictions during polls her party won in a landslide last year, illegally importing walkie talkies and sedition.

She will face a new trial on four charges of corruption beginning on October 1 in the capital Naypyidaw, her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said.

Each corruption charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

The ongoing trials were delayed for two months as Myanmar grappled with a coronavirus surge and only resumed this week, with Suu Kyi skipping the first day on health grounds.

Journalists have been barred from all proceedings so far.

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