Myanmar has opened new corruption cases against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former government officials, state agency Global New Light of Myanmar said Thursday.
The cases are the latest in a series against elected leader Suu Kyi, who was overthrown by the military on February 1 in a coup that plunged the Southeast Asian country into chaos.
The state newspaper cited the Anti-Corruption Commission that charges related to the misuse of land for the charitable foundation Daw Khin Kyi, which she chaired, as well as earlier charges of accepting money and d ‘gold.
He said cases were opened against Suu Kyi and several other officials in the capital Naypyidaw at police stations on Wednesday.
“She was found guilty of committing corrupt acts using her rank. She was therefore charged under section 55 of the anti-corruption law,” the newspaper said. This law provides for up to 15 years in prison for those found guilty.
Reuters was unable to immediately contact Suu Kyi’s attorneys for comment.
Cases Suu Kyi has faced previously ranged from illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios to violation of the Official Secrets Act. His supporters say the cases are politically motivated.
The military toppled Suu Kyi, claiming his party cheated in the November elections, a charge dismissed by the previous election commission and international observers.
Since then, the military has failed to establish control.
It faces daily protests, strikes that crippled the economy of junta opponents, a wave of assassinations and bombings and a resurgence of conflict in Myanmar’s border regions.