Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 years in prison

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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 24:. Members of the Burmese-American community hold a demonstration outside the Office of the Consulate General of Myanmar in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Protesters denounced a coup by the military against the elected government of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which has been struggling with stability and the reported ethnic cleansing of the country’s Muslim minority. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The former leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to 4 years in prison by a Burmese court. The crimes committed are two: for inciting the population that then caused public unrest, the sentence is two years, in addition to two more for the violation of health rules to combat Covid, according to what was indicated by a spokesman for the military junta. in power since last February.

Former president Win Myint was also sentenced to four years on the same charges, but both former leaders have not yet been taken to prison: first, the spokesman for the military junta explained, they will have to face other charges from the places where they currently found in the Burmese capital Naypyidaw.

76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since the generals overthrew her government in the early hours of last February, ending Myanmar’s brief democratic interlude.

The junta subsequently added a series of charges, including violation of the law on official secrets, corruption and electoral fraud: the former leader faces decades of jail if he is convicted for all that is charged to her. Journalists were unable to attend the special court proceedings in the capital, and Suu Kyi’s lawyers were banned from speaking to the media.

Since the day of the military coup, more than 1,300 people have been killed and more than 10,000 arrested in the course of a drastic crackdown on dissent according to estimates by a local NGO that keeps accounts based on testimonies and complaints from opponents.


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