FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold placards with the image of Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File photo

Myanmar military has opened fresh corruption cases against ousted civilian president, Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials from her government, the state-run media announced on Thursday.

Suu Kyi was overthrown in a coup staged on February 1 following allegations from the military party that the 2020 election was rigged. The coup plunged the Southeast Asian country into chaos, bringing massive nationwide protests that have lingered for months.

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Since her arrest, the deposed leader has been in detention and slammed with series of corruption accusations including alleged possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions.

The state newspaper quoted the Anti-Corruption Commission as saying the new accusations related to the misuse of land for the charitable Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, which she chaired, as well as earlier accusations of accepting money and gold, accusations for which she could go to jail for 15 years.

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The Daw Khin Kyi Foundation was set up in the name of her late mother to help develop education, health and welfare in Myanmar.

“She was found guilty of committing corruption using her rank. So she was charged under Anti-Corruption Law section 55,” the paper said.

The lead lawyer for Suu Kyi in several other cases said that as far as he was aware the corruption investigations were continuing and were not before any court.

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He described the accusations as “absurd”.

“She might have defects but personal greed and corruption are not her traits. Those who accuse her of greed and corruption are spitting towards the sky,” Khin Maung Zaw said in a message to Reuters.

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