Myanmar Supreme Court rejects Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal on corruption charges

Businessman she’s accused of accepting money from testified he donated to educational and healthcare foundation
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Myanmar Supreme Court rejects Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal on corruption charges A protester holds a sign with an image of detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 5, 2021.
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Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal of two corruption charges, sources close to the court told Radio Free Asia.

Suu Kyi, 77, was sentenced by a military junta court in October to three years in Naypyidaw Prison for two corruption cases that involved charges of accepting money from Maung Weik, a businessman linked to the military.

Maung Weik has testified that that money was not given to Suu Kyi, but donated to be used at the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, which supports education, healthcare and rural investment.

Suu Kyi’s lawyers have argued that she’s innocent of corruption because the money that Maung Weik gave was found in the foundation’s bank account.

The reason for the Union Supreme Court’s denial of the appeal was unknown.

“The right to appeal is in Article 19 of the Constitution. The right to appeal must be given to anybody,” a court source who has knowledge of the decision said. “It’s ridiculous that the Union Supreme Court did not even grant an appeal.”

The Nobel Peace Prize winner served as Myanmar’s state counselor from 2016 up until the Feb. 1, 2021, coup. She has been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison in 19 cases. 

Suu Kyi's lawyers filed an appeal to the Union Supreme Court on Tuesday for five cases in which Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were accused of buying and leasing a helicopter under the NLD government. They were sentenced on those charges in December.

Translated by Myo Min Aung. Edited by Matt Reed and Malcolm Foster.


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