The ruling military junta in Myanmar has accused deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi of five new crimes, despite having already been sentenced to six years in prison and facing multiple court cases.
The military has now accused the Nobel Peace Prize winner, along with ousted President Win Myint, of renting a helicopter, sources close to the case reported quoted by the Spanish news agency Efe.
The charges were filed on Friday afternoon during another trial over other alleged corruption crimes committed by the “lady”, as the 76-year-old leader is affectionately called by the Burmese people.
In December, the official newspaper The Global New Light of Myanmar – controlled by the military – accused the two deposed leaders of violating financial rules and causing economic damage to the state by renting and buying helicopters.
The politician, who has been detained since the early hours of the military coup held on February 1, 2021, is serving his sentence in an unknown location, and is also accused of violating the Official Secrets Law, a crime punishable by a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. .
The coup d’état plunged Myanmar (formerly Burma) into a deep political, social and economic crisis and opened a spiral of violence, with the emergence of new civilian militias that exacerbated the guerrilla war that the country has been experiencing for decades.
The army justifies the coup with an alleged fraud in the November 2020 general elections, the result of which was annulled and in which Suu Kyi’s party had, as in 2015, a victory backed by international observers.
At least 1,469 people have died as a result of the brutal repression carried out by the police and military since the coup, mainly in demonstrations in which police fire live bullets at peaceful protesters, according to daily reports by the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners, which also says there are more than 11,550 regime opponents arrested, including Suu Kyi.
On Monday, Suu Kyi had been sentenced to a further four years in prison for, among other charges, illegally importing ‘walkie-talkies’.
The former Myanmar leader had also been sentenced in December to four years in detention for violating restrictions associated with Covid-19, a sentence that was reduced to two years by the ruling generals, and she is currently serving this first sentence in the country. place where she was detained.