Final corruption cases filed against Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi

The country’s ousted leader already faces 26 years in prison.
By RFA Burmese
2022.10.18
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Final corruption cases filed against Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit toThailand on November 2, 2019.
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Detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s last five remaining cases of corruption were filed at Naypyidaw Prison Court Tuesday, sources close to the court, who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons, told RFA.

Suu Kyi, ousted president Win Myint and Win Myat Aye, the former Minister of Human Rescue and Rehabilitation have been accused of corruption related to the buying and leasing of a helicopter. 

The trial is set for next Tuesday and its believed that four witnesses will attend including the plaintiff, Aung Khant, who is an officer of the State Administration Council’s (SAC) Anti-Corruption Commission. Suu Kyi’s lawyers made submissions to the court to examine the recalled witnesses.

78-year-old Suu Kyi has been charged with 19 cases since the Feb. 1, 2021 military coup and has been sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison for 14 of them. The five alleged corruption cases are the last to be heard.

Last Wednesday Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years each for two corruption charges involving accepting money from a businessman. Those sentences will be served concurrently.

SAC Spokesman Major Gen. Zaw Min Tun previously told RFA that Suu Kyi would be judged for all cases deemed legally valid, saying no one was above the law.

Suu Kyi is being held in solitary confinement in Naypyidaw Prison. United Nations special envoy to Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer and ASEAN’s special envoy for Myanmar, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn have both been refused permission to meet with her.

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