Legal officials say Myanmar’s Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of Suu Kyi’s bribery conviction

Does this mean anything – will they try and exile her? It hasn’t worked in the past..

Myanmar’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear a special appeal of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s bribery conviction for allegedly receiving gold and thousands of dollars from a former political ally, legal officials said Tuesday.

Suu Kyi, 77, was arrested when the army toppled her elected government in February 2021, and was tried on a range of charges for which she was sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison. Her supporters and independent legal experts say the cases were politically motivated in an attempt to discredit her and legitimize the military’s takeover while preventing her from returning to politics.

Two legal officials familiar with Suu Kyi’s cases said the Supreme Court decided last Friday to hear the special appeal of the corruption case, in which she was convicted of receiving $600,000 and seven gold bars in 2017-18 from Phyo Min Thein, the former chief minister of Yangon, the country’s biggest city. She was sentenced to five years in prison in April last year after being found guilty of bribery. Her lawyers, before they were served with gag orders in late 2021, said she rejected all the corruption allegations against her as “absurd.”

The legal officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to release information about the court’s decision, said it has not yet scheduled a date for the appeal hearing. Her lawyers’ initial appeal of the conviction to the Supreme Court was rejected last November.

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