EFEBangkok Desk

Myanmar's military junta has filed a new charge against detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and president Win Myint, whom it accuses of violating the country's anti-corruption law, official media reported Wednesday.

Both Suu Kyi and Win Myint were charged on Tuesday at a police station in the capital, Naypyidaw, for alleged irregularities in the rental and purchase of a helicopter between 2019 and 2021 by then-Union Minister of Social Welfare Win Myat Aye, the junta-controlled The Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

The military accuses Win Myat Aye of having used Natural Disaster Management Committee funds and causing a loss to the state by paying more than $3.5 million for unused flight hours and later buying the helicopter with the same funds.

The junta also accuses both Win Myint and Suu Kyi of abuse of power and causing financial losses to the state by authorizing these operations.