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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in prison

Aung San Suu Kyi

The Myanmar Junta Court on Monday has sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 more years in prison. She has been convicted of three criminal charges including the possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies. 

In a surprising move, a Myanmar Junta Court, on Monday, sentenced the ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years of imprisonment. She has been charged under various charges that also include illegal possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies. Further, she has also been charged for flouting Covid norms. San Suu has been under detention since February 1 when the government was thrown out in an early morning coup by the army of the country. The ousted leader was convicted last month on two other charges and was sentenced to four years in prison, the sentence was reduced to two years by the chief of the military-led government in the country. 

Her supporters have been on a constant stand that all the cases and charges against her are completely vendetta politics to end her political career and those charges are baseless in nature. The junta says Suu Kyi is being given due process by an independent court led by a judge appointed by her own administration. The press has been barred from covering her trial in the capital city, Naypyitaw and further, the military has also not disclosed where Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest under a previous military government, is being detained.

Besides Monday’s cases, Suu is also facing a plethora of corruption charges, each of which is punishable by 15 years in jail. She has also been convicted with charges of violating the official secrets act. Further, In November, Suu and 15 other officials including Myanmar’s president Win Myint, were also charged with alleged electoral fraud during the 2020 general elections. Recently, on a few of the hearings, during her trial, she was spotted wearing a white top and a brown wraparound longyi which is usually worn by prisoners in military-ruled Myanmar. 

Aung San Suu Kyi is also on trial in a closed court and the charges carry combined maximum sentences of more than 100 years in prison. However, she has denied all the charges against her. Military ruler Min Aung Hlaing last month said Suu Kyi and ousted President Win Myint would remain in the same location during their trials and would not be sent to prison.

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