Burmese junta accuses Suu Kyi of electoral fraud in 2020 elections

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The Burmese junta has indicted ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi with voter fraud in the 2020 election her party won in a landslide, state media reported on Tuesday.

Suu Kyi has been charged with “electoral fraud and lawless actions,” state newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar reported, without giving details of when court proceedings would begin.

Fifteen other officials, including former chairman Win Myint and the chairman of the electoral commission, faced the same charge, the report added.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since a military coup in February sparked nationwide protests and a deadly crackdown on dissent.

Detained since the coup, 76-year-old Suu Kyi faces a slew of charges, including the illegal importation of walkie-talkies, sedition and corruption, and faces decades in prison if convicted.

She is already on trial for flouting restrictions on coronaviruses while campaigning ahead of the elections, in which her National League for Democracy (NLD) party defeated an army-aligned party.

International observers said the 2020 polls were largely free and fair.

The junta threatened to dissolve the NLD and last month sentenced Win Htein, a close associate of Suu Kyi and high-ranking leader, to 20 years in prison for treason.

More than 1,250 people have been killed by Burmese junta security forces since the coup and more than 10,000 arrested, according to a local watch group.

(AFP)

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