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Myanmar junta court delays verdict in Suu Kyi corruption trial


A Myanmar court is scheduled to deliver a verdict in the first of multiple corruption cases against Aung San Suu Kyi. PHOTO: AFP

YANGON: A Myanmar junta court on Monday (April 25) postponed giving its first verdict in the corruption trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a junta spokesman told AFP, a case which could see the Nobel laureate jailed for 15 years.

Suu Kyi, 76, has been detained since the generals staged a coup and ousted her government in February last year.

She has been charged with offences ranging from incitement and graft to violations of electoral and state secrets laws, which carry combined maximum sentences of more than 150 years.

She has been found guilty of two lesser offences so far and sentenced to six years, in a series of trials that could last years, leaving little chance for a political comeback for the figurehead of the country's struggle against dictatorship.

“There was no verdict today,” in the corruption trial in which Suu Kyi is accused of accepting a bribe of US$600,000 (S$826,000) cash and gold bars from the former chief minister of Yangon, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told AFP.

He did not give any details on when a verdict would be reached.

Phyo Min Thein, a protege of Suu Kyi, in October testified that he gave money and gold to her in exchange for her support.

Suu Kyi has dismissed his allegations, which the junta aired separately on national television, as "absurd".

Suu Kyi, 76, is being held in an undisclosed location, without visitors. She denies all charges. The military has restricted information about her trial and imposed a gag order on her lawyers.

The international community calls the trial a farce. The junta has said Suu Kyi is being given due process by an independent court.