Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in jail by Myanmar court

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi attends the joint news conference of the Japan-Mekong Summit Meeting at the Akasaka Palace State Guest House in Tokyo, Japan October 9, 2018. Photo: Franck Robichon/Pool via Reuters/File

According to a source acquainted with the proceedings, a court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced former leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison on Monday on various offenses, including possession of unregistered walkie-talkies.

Suu Kyi was sentenced to two years in prison for violating the export-import rules by possessing handheld radios and one year for having a set of signal jammers. According to the source, the two sentences will run concurrently.

Additionally, the source said she was sentenced to two years in prison on a separate allegation of violating the natural disaster management law's coronavirus restrictions.

Suu Kyi, 76, is charged in almost a dozen instances, each of which carries a maximum punishment of more than 100 years in jail. She vigorously denies all charges.

Myanmar has been in chaos since a Feb. 1 coup against Suu Kyi's democratically elected government sparked widespread protests and sparked international anxiety about the end of the country's fragile political reforms following decades of military rule.

Suu Kyi was arrested on the day of the coup, and a police document stated that six illegally imported walkie-talkies were discovered during a search of her home.

On Dec. 6, she was sentenced to four years in prison for inciting and violating coronavirus regulations.

This sentence, which was ultimately reduced to two years, drew widespread outrage for what critics called a sham trial.

Suu Kyi's supporters maintain that the charges against her are without merit and are intended to derail her political career while the military consolidates power.

According to the junta, Suu Kyi is treated fairly by an independent court presided over by a judge nominated by her administration. The military council's spokesman could not be reached for comment immediately.

Suu Kyi's trial in the capital, Naypyitaw, has been closed to the media, and her lawyers have been prohibited from contact with the public and media.

Suu Kyi, who spent years under house confinement under a previous military regime, has not been identified by the military.

Suu Kyi has been seen in recent court hearings wearing a white top and a brown wrap-around longyi, which Myanmar prisoners usually wear, sources added.

Suu Kyi and ousted President Win Myint would remain in the same place during their trials, military ruler Min Aung Hlaing announced last month.

Publish : 2022-01-10 13:23:00

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