Myanmar ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in prison

Aung San Suu Kyi

Yangon, Jan 10: Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader and the Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to another four years in prison on Monday on the charges for the possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, and two years for breaching coronavirus curbs.

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.

They 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.”
“Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and the junta leaders obviously still view her as a paramount political threat who needs to be permanently neutralized. Only that can explain the junta’s willingness to appear as global laughingstocks as they secure convictions in a kangaroo court on the flimsiest, politically motivated charges,” Robertson said, CNN reported.

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