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France condems prison sentence to Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Paris, Jan 11: France condemned the latest prison sentence handed down to Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader and the Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and said that travesty of justice exacerbates an already very troubling political situation.

“As the EU and its member states had already emphasized on December 6, ending the crisis in Burma will require a political dialogue bringing together all the parties to the conflict; an immediate end to army attacks on civilian populations, as we saw in Kayah, Kayin and Chin States; and the unconditional release of all political prisoners detained since February 1, 2021,”Statement made by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs said.

“This travesty of justice exacerbates an already very troubling political situation,” it added.

A military-run court in Myanmar has found civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi,guilty at least three charges that include possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies.

76-year old Myanmar’s state counselor and de facto leader of the country was ousted and detained by the military in a coup 11 months ago and hit with almost a dozen charges that add up to combined maximum sentences of more than 100 years.

France continues to fully support ASEAN’s efforts to implement a five-point consensus that includes the establishment of a broad political dialogue.

The sentence include several charges of corruption — which each carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years — violating Covid-19 pandemic restrictions during the 2020 election campaign, incitement, illegally importing and possessing walkie talkies, and breaking the colonial-era Official Secrets Act — which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

She has rejected all allegations and her supporters say the charges against her are political motivated.

Experts are of the view that junta is determined to eliminate the political opposition after their resounding victory in the 2020 elections.

In a statement on Monday, Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said, “The Myanmar junta’s courtroom circus of secret proceedings on bogus charges is all about steadily piling up more convictions against Aung San Suu Kyi so that she will remain in prison indefinitely.”

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