/ 11 June 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi charged with corruption

Myanmar’s military rulers formally charged deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption yesterday, the military junta confirmed. It’s alleged she accepted cash and gold in bribes, and if convicted (which pundits say is all but certain…), she faces up to 15 years in prison. She’s previously been charged with importing walkie-talkies and inciting public unrest. Suu Kyi has been kept under house arrest since the military seized power in a coup in February but was moved to an ‘unknown location’ earlier this month as she and other senior party officials await trial next week. More than 800 civilians have been killed in the unrest so far, and an estimated 100,000 villagers were forced to flee into the jungle after fighting broke out between the military and a civilian resistance group named the Karenni People’s Defense Force. It’s one of several armed civilian forces to rise up in recent months. #SquizShortcuts

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