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Myanmar files new graft case against Suu Kyi

The new charge relates to the purchase and rental of a helicopter and falls under the anti-corruption law
Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi
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Reuters   |   Bangkok   |   Published 01.12.21, 02:00 AM

Myanmar’s military government has filed a new corruption charge against deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former President Win Myint, state-run broadcaster MRTV reported on Tuesday.

The new charge relates to the purchase and rental of a helicopter and falls under the anti-corruption law, violations of which are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Suu Kyi, 76, was ousted in a February 1 coup and faces nearly a dozen cases against her including incitement and violations of Covid-19 protocols. She has rejected all the charges to date.

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A spokesperson for Myanmar’s military government did not respond to calls from Reuters seeking comment. Suu Kyi’s lawyers, who have been issued with a gag order in relation to the cases, did not have comment.

Earlier, a court deferred  the first verdicts in Suu Kyi’s trial to December 6, a source familiar with the proceedings said. 

On Tuesday, the court had been due to rule on charges of incitement and violations of Covid-19 protocols under a natural disasters law, among nearly a dozen cases against Suu Kyi, who has rejected all the charges. The source did not give a reason for the deferral. 



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