Myanmar Sends EX-Leader O Jail For Corruption, Says Aung San Suu Kyi.
Former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted guilty of corruption by a court in the military-run country, the latest in a series of secret trials. Ms. Suu Kyi has been on house arrest since a military coup deposed her elected government in February 2021.
The 76-year-old Nobel Laureate faces a slew of charges, including voter fraud. She rejects all of the allegations, and human rights organizations have slammed the judicial proceedings as a farce.
A junta court convicted her guilty on Wednesday of accepting a bribe of $600,000 (£477,000) in cash and gold bars from the previous chief of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and region. She was given a five-year term.
Lawyers Stated That They Had Not Yet Had The Opportunity To Meet With Her.
Because she was previously convicted of additional crimes, her total prison sentence now stands at 11 years. She was found guilty of inciting unrest against the military and violating public health Covid standards in December. She was also found guilty in January of keeping illegal walkie-talkie radios in her home and violating other Covid guidelines.
Ms. Suu Kyi still faces ten further corruption allegations, each of which carries a possible sentence of 15 years in prison, as well as counts of electoral fraud and breaching the official secrets act.
Her supporters claim the allegations were made up by the junta regime to ensure Ms. Suu Kyi, who is still revered in Myanmar as a symbol of democracy, is imprisoned for the rest of her life.
According To Some Estimates, If Convicted Of All Of The Charges, She May Face A Cumulative Prison Sentence Of More Than 190 Years.
The court processes have been branded a farce by civil rights and democratic organizations, as well as the United Nations. It has been dubbed a “courtroom circus of secret proceedings on spurious charges” by Human Rights Watch. Such allegations have been denied by Myanmar’s military leadership, which claims that Ms. Suu Kyi has been subjected to fair trials and proper legal procedure thus far.
Last February, the military took power in Myanmar, also known as Burma, after Ms. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in general elections. The military said the victory was based on voter fraud, while impartial election observers declared the elections were mostly free and fair.
Following the coup, Myanmar’s military retaliated by cracking down on pro-democracy protesters, activists, and media. More than 10,000 people have been arrested by the junta since they seized power, including Ms. Suu Kyi and many members of her party.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, about 1,800 individuals have been killed as a result of the military’s crackdown on the opposition (Burma). Fighting has also continued as a result of the disarray. The military junta is facing enormous opposition, and armed violence has erupted in several sections of the country.
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