According to the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar, new corruption cases have been filed against Myanmar’s deposed elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and other former officials from her government. The cases are the latest in a series filed against Suu Kyi, 75, who was deposed by the army on Feb. 1 in a coup that has thrown the Southeast Asian country into upheaval, with daily protests, strikes, and rioting in far-flung regions that anti-junta militias said killed 37 soldiers on Thursday.
According to the Anti-Corruption Commission, the claims involved the misappropriation of land for the nonprofit Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, which she oversaw, as well as previous claims of taking money and gold. On Wednesday, police stations in the capital Naypyidaw initiated case files against Suu Kyi and many other officials.
“She was found guilty of using her position to commit corruption. As a result, she was accused under Section 55 of the Anti-Corruption Law ” according to the newspaper. Those who are found guilty risk up to 15 years in prison. According to the principal counsel for Suu Kyi in numerous other cases, the corruption investigations were ongoing and were not before any court. He called the claims “absurd.”
The Daw Khin Kyi Foundation was established in her late mother’s name to aid in the development of education, health, and welfare in Myanmar.Suu Kyi has already faced charges ranging from illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios to violating the Official Secrets Act. According to her supporters, the cases are politically motivated.
The army deposed Suu Kyi in January of this year, claiming that her party had cheated in the November elections, an assertion that was refuted by the previous election commission and international observers. However, the army has been unable to impose authority, with both peaceful and violent resistance stalling the economy and guerrilla attacks on border security personnel countered with artillery and airstrikes, including in residential areas.
Fighting has erupted between the military and the newly created People’s Defence Forces, one of which claimed on Thursday to have killed 17 government soldiers in a skirmish in Chin State, which borders India. Another group, the Chinland Defence Force, reported on its Facebook page that its fighters had also murdered 10 troops near Hakha and demanded that the junta release all individuals jailed in Chin State or face a harsher retaliation.
Militias ambushed five military vehicles in the Sagaing district, killing ten troops, according to villagers quoted by the Irrawaddy news site. Reuters has not been able to independently verify the reports, and a military spokeswoman has not responded to requests for comment. The incidents were not mentioned in the state-run MRTV’s nightly newscast.
According to the UN, fighting in Myanmar’s northeast and northwest has prompted more than 100,000 people to escape, some to the Indian regions of Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland, where authorities worry pro-democracy forces may have joined the refugees.