Aung San Suu Kyi faces new corruption charges

Myanmar's state-run newspaper says fresh corruption charges have been filed against Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the military seized power in February.

The report in Thursday's edition alleges that Aung San Suu Kyi illegally accepted 600,000 dollars in cash and about 11 kilograms of gold from the former chief minister of the Yangon region.

The ousted pro-democracy leader is also alleged to have misused her authority when a foundation, which she chaired, leased a property.

Aung San Suu Kyi is facing six other charges, including illegally importing walkie-talkie radios. Court proceedings are already underway.

In May, she told her lawyers that her party, the National League for Democracy, exists "wherever the people are" in an apparent bid to encourage people not to give up hope for the democratization of their country.

The junta is apparently trying to prolong her detention by bringing a series of charges.