Aung San Suu Kyi formally charged with corruption by Myanmar military junta

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An anti-coup protester holds up a placard featuring the detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar, in March. Photo: Hkun Lat/Getty Images

Myanmar’s deposed elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained officials have been formally charged by the military junta, state media reported Thursday morning local time.

Details: “The Anti-Corruption Commission has inspected corruption cases against ex-state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She was found guilty of committing corruption using her rank,” the military said in a statement, per Bloomberg, which notes she could face up to 15 years in prison for the offense.

  • The Nobel laureate was already facing other criminal cases that her allies say are politically motivated, including “illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios” and breaking the Official Secrets Act, Reuters notes.

The big picture: Suu Kyi has been detained since the military overthrew the elected government and seized power on Feb. 1.

  • Security forces have killed hundreds of activists and arrested thousands of others following massive protests in the wake of the coup.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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