Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Sentenced to Four Years in Prison: Reports

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Sentenced to Four Years in Prison: Reports

A Myanmar court has sentenced the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison, media reported.
A spokesman for the Burmese military told AFP news agency that Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted on Monday of inciting and breaking COVID-19 rules.

Zaw Min Tun said she was sentenced to two years in prison on each of the two counts.

Former President Win Myint was also jailed for four years on the same charges, he said, adding that the couple would not be jailed yet.

“They will face other charges from the places where they are currently staying” in the capital Naypyidaw, he said, without giving further details.

Reuters and Associated Press, citing sources familiar with the matter, also said that Aung San Suu Kyi and Win Myint were sentenced to four years in prison each.

Monday’s decision is the first in a dozen cases the Myanmar military has brought against Aung San Suu Kyi since it overthrew its civilian government in a February 1 coup.

Other cases against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate include multiple charges of corruption, violations of a state secrets law and a telecommunications law which, in total, carry a maximum penalty. more than a century in prison.

Aung San Suu Kyi denies all charges.

His supporters say the cases are baseless and designed to end his political career and lock him into legal action while the military consolidates power.

Charles Santiago, a Malaysian lawmaker and chair of the ASEAN Human Rights Parliamentarians (APHR), condemned Monday’s conviction, calling it a “travesty of justice.”

“Since the day of the coup, it is clear that the charges against Aung San Suu Kyi and dozens of other deputies detained were only an excuse for the junta to justify their illegal seizure of power,” Santiago said, urging the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to “hold the line against this illegal takeover.”

The 10-member regional bloc has spearheaded diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Myanmar, and Santiago said Monday’s decision demonstrated “the junta’s continued contempt for ASEAN” and its peace plan, which includes the establishment of a dialogue between the parties opposed to Myanmar.

“We continue our call for ASEAN to ban all junta representatives from its meetings, to prevent junta generals from traveling to the region and to engage with the duly elected national unity government. “, He declared, referring to a parallel administration set up by the fallen. elected lawmakers.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the February coup, paralyzed by protests and instability that escalated after the military’s deadly crackdown on its opponents, whom it calls “terrorists.”

The international community has condemned the violence and Western states and some ASEAN countries, including Indonesia and the Philippines, have called for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release.

Amnesty International’s Ming Yu Hah said that Aung San Suu Kyi’s conviction on “false accusations is the latest example of the military’s determination to eliminate all opposition and stifle freedoms in Myanmar.”

“The ridiculous and corrupt decision of the court is part of a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishments that has left more than 1,300 dead and thousands of arrests since the February military coup.


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