Reports from Burma say the country's Supreme Court has begun hearing the case against former Prime Minister Khin Nyunt.
Sources say Khin Nyunt was not in the court when the charges were read against him Monday during secret proceedings.
Khin Nyunt was ousted last October by Burma's ruling military junta and placed under house arrest. He was also removed as the head of military intelligence, and the unit the National Intelligence Bureau was subsequently disbanded.
There are conflicting reports as to whether Khin Nyunt has been taken from his home to Burma's notorious Insein prison.
At least 40 other people associated with Khin Nyunt have been been tried on corruption charges in the past few months, including two of his sons.
Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.