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Aung San Suu Kyi briefs the media in Oslo June 15, 2012. Myanmar’s military-installed government has filed five new corruption charges against the ousted leader.

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Aung San Suu Kyi faces 5 new corruption charges in Myanmar : NPR

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Aung San Suu Kyi briefs the media in Oslo June 15, 2012. Myanmar’s military-installed government has filed five new corruption charges against the ousted leader.

Markus Schreiber/AP

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Burma’s military-installed government has filed five new corruption charges against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in connection with granting permits for the rental and purchase of a helicopter, said Friday a legal officer.

Suu Kyi, detained since the military seizure of power last February, is already on trial on five other charges of corruption. Each carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and a fine.

She was also charged with other offenses and was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions.

Her supporters and rights groups say the lawsuits against her were invented by the military to justify its takeover and prevent it from returning to politics.

The government has rejected the criticisms.

“No one is above the law. I just want to say that she will be tried according to the law,” government spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun said when asked about the matter during a briefing. a press conference on Friday.

The army’s seizure of power prevented Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party from a second five-year term in office. The military said it acted because of widespread fraud in the November 2020 general election, but there is little evidence for independent poll monitoring groups.

The takeover was met with widespread popular protests, and Myanmar is now rocked by armed resistance to the military regime.

The five new charges relate to the rental, purchase and maintenance of a helicopter, said a judicial official familiar with the case who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to release information.

State media reported in December that Suu Kyi and Win Myint, who was president of her government, would be prosecuted under the anti-corruption law for hiring a helicopter.

The official Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the Anti-Corruption Commission discovered that it had abused its power and caused a loss of public funds by failing to follow financial regulations by granting permission to the Minister of Social Protection , relief and resettlement, Win Myat Aye, to rent and buy a helicopter.

Win Myat Aye is now Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in the government of national unity established as a parallel administration by opponents of the military regime. It is an underground organization declared illegal by the army.

The other corruption charges for which Suu Kyi is being prosecuted relate to allegations of bribery and abuse of power related to real estate transactions.

She is also on trial for violating the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. The government said she and her colleagues would also be tried on suspected electoral fraud.

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