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Deposed Aung San Suu Kyi Charged with Election Fraud in 2020 Parliamentary Election

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Myanmar’s government leader Aung San Suu Kyi will face charges of “election fraud” in the 2020 parliamentary election, which her party won by a landslide. State media reported this on Tuesday. There are already a large number of lawsuits against her.

 

She will be prosecuted for “election fraud,” the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported, without giving further details. Fifteen other officials, including former President Win Myint, who was also arrested in the February coup, will face charges of the same crime.

The military junta has justified its rule by invoking “massive irregularities” in last November’s elections. International observers at the time, however, had generally called the elections “fair and free”.

The new charges against the former Nobel Peace Prize winner come a day after the release of American journalist Danny Fenster, who was sentenced a few days ago to 11 years in prison in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, has been under house arrest since her arrest in the February 1 coup. Since June, she has been on trial for various crimes, including illegal importation of walkie-talkies, sedition, bribery and incitement to disrupt public order. She is also accused of violating Covid measures.

The military coup in February ended a decade-long democratic transition. Since then, the army has carried out bloody repression of the opponents. More than 1,250 civilians have already been killed, and nearly 7,300 people have been imprisoned.

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