The new indictment follows an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission into several allegations made against Suu Kyi. He found her “guilty of committing bribery using her rank,” said the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar. She was charged under section 55 of the Anti-Corruption Act and could face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years if found guilty.
The commission said Suu Kyi “abused her authority” by renting land and a building to open the headquarters of the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, of which she was president. He said a request for land to establish a professional horticultural school as part of the foundation in the capital, Naypyidaw, was not carried out “in line with procedures but with its power and authority.”
Suu Kyi’s lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw, called the cases of bribery and corruption “absurd” and “unfounded”.
“I have never met a more honest and incorruptible statesman like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She may have flaws, but personal greed and corruption are not her traits. Those who accuse her of greed and corruption are spitting skyward. “he said. .
Three other former officials have also been charged with bribery, the Global New Light said. Case files were opened against them in police stations on Wednesday, the newspaper added.
Suu Kyi has been charged with a number of offenses including illegal possession of walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions during last year’s election campaign. His trial for these charges begins on June 14 and is expected to end by July 26, according to his legal team.
Separately, Suu Kyi is accused of violating the Official Secrets Act and, if found guilty, faces up to 14 years in prison.
The military, led by General Min Aung Hlaing, seized power after claiming widespread election fraud during the November 2020 election, which saw Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party win a landslide and a second term in government. The previous electoral commission denied that there were any voting discrepancies.
More than 850 people were killed by the junta-led security forces and 5,941 were arrested in the coup, according to the advocacy group of the Association for Political Prisoners. Among them are protesters, activists, journalists, celebrities, government officials, as well as children and passers-by.
CNN’s Sarita Harilela contributed to the report.