A bribery case against ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will go ahead after a secret court hearing.
Myanmar court rules Suu Kyi bribery trial can continue
A court in military-ruled Myanmar has ruled there is sufficient evidence for the bribery trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to continue, a legal official said.
Suu Kyi, who was deposed last year by the military, has been charged with 11 counts of corruption, each punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The cases are one of many pursued by the military against her. If found guilty of all the charges, she could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
Her supporters and human rights groups say it’s meant to discredit her and keep her from running in an election that the military has promised in 2023.
A legal official who is familiar with Suu Kyi’s cases said she was formally indicted Monday on two corruption counts on charges of allegedly receiving $550,000 in bribes in 2019 and 2020 from Maung Weik, a tycoon who previously was convicted of drug trafficking.