Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi will face a new trial on four charges of corruption beginning on October 1.
Myanmar junta has decided to put Suu Kyi on trial for corruption in addition to a raft of ongoing cases that may put her behind the bars for many decades.
After the military took control over Myanmar in a February coup, Suu Kyi has been under house arrest.
However, the military rule in Myanmar has sparked a mass uprising and a brutal crackdown on the protestors.
The 76-year-old Nobel laureate is currently on trial for allegedly flouting Covid19 restrictions during the last general election that was won by her party, illegally importing walkie-talkies and sedition.
A media report quoted Suu Kyi’s lawyer Khin Maung Zaw as saying that the Nobel laureate will face the trial in the capital, Naypyidaw on four charges of corruption.
Each corruption charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.
It has been reported that the ongoing trials were delayed for two months as Myanmar grappled with a Covid19 surge and resumed only this week.
However, Suu Kyi skipped the first day of the trials on health grounds.
The journalists have reportedly been barred from all proceedings of the court so far.
The Myanmar junta has also charged Suu Kyi for allegedly accepting illegal payments of gold and violating a colonial-era secrecy law, although these are yet to come to the court.
The military deposed Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy government for alleged voter fraud during the 2020 elections.
According to a local monitoring group, more than 1,100 people have been killed and over 8,000 arrested during the massive uprising against the coup.