Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Incitement

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Aung San Suu Kyi was jailed for four years for incitement and violating a natural disaster law, according to reports, the first sentence to be handed down against the fallen Myanmar ruler since the junta seized power and the accused of a litany of crimes that could lead to decades in prison.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, has been charged with a range of offenses -om illegal possession of walkie-talkies to violations of the Official Secrets Act. His lawyer previously called the cases “absurd”.

On Monday, a court sentenced her to four years in prison, according to reports from the BBC.

Little is known about the procedures in any of his legal cases. She was tried behind closed doors, with no access for observers, and her lawyer was prevented from speaking to reporters.

Analysts have described the charges against her, which have grown steadily since February, as a transparent attempt to eliminate her as a political threat. His party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide election victory last year, but the military refused to accept the result.

The leader, who has already spent a total of 15 years in detention campaigning against the military, could be detained by the junta for the rest of her life if found guilty on all counts.

According to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners, she is one of more than 10,600 people arrested by the junta since February, when it sought to crush all forms of opposition. At least 1,303 people have been killed.

Almost a year after the coup, the army is struggling to impose order. The economy is failing, health and education systems have collapsed, poverty rates have skyrocketed and conflicts have intensified. Last month, the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar, which includes experts such as Yanghee Lee, the former UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, warned that military offenses cut off food and medical supplies to communities, forcing people to the brink of starvation.

The junta faces both a peaceful resistance movement and an armed opposition made up of People’s Defense Forces allied to various armed ethnic groups. In September, the National Unity Government, an elected shadow government, declared a “defensive war” against the junta, calling on armed civilian groups to target the army and its assets.

Joshua Kurlantzick, senior Southeast Asia researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations, said NUG, which seeks international recognition, is making progress in arranging important meetings with international officials. “The continued success of the People’s Defense Forces may also have an impact on how other governments perceive the situation in Myanmar,” he said, speaking ahead of the verdict.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained at an unknown location since February. A special envoy from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, who led diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, was denied permission to meet with her. In response, the bloc took the unusually harsh decision to bar the junta leader from his meetings.

Richard Horsey, International Crisis Group senior adviser on Myanmar, said that despite such action, ASEAN appeared to lack the leverage to force the junta to change course. While other countries supported ASEAN’s approach, “it was primarily a way to outsource the problem to ASEAN rather than a belief that the regional bloc could move forward,” he said. he added, speaking ahead of Monday’s decision. “Myanmar must be a much higher diplomatic priority for the great powers and the UN. “

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