Updated Jun 9, 2021 - World

Aung San Suu Kyi formally charged with corruption by Myanmar military

An anti-coup protester holds up a placard featuring de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on March 02, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar.

An anti-coup protester holds up a placard featuring the detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Myanmar, in March. Photo: Hkun Lat/Getty Images

Myanmar's deposed elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained officials have been formally charged by the military junta, state media reported Thursday morning local time.

Details: "The Anti-Corruption Commission has inspected corruption cases against ex-state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She was found guilty of committing corruption using her rank," the military said, per Bloomberg, which notes she could face up to 15 years in prison for the offense.

  • The Nobel laureate was already facing other criminal cases that her allies say are politically motivated, including breaking the Official Secrets Act and "illegal possession of walkie-talkie radios," Reuters notes.

The big picture: Suu Kyi has been detained since the military overthrew the elected government and seized power on Feb. 1.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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