Thursday, 20 January 2022

Myanmar's expelled leader Suu Kyi jailed for 4 years

Myanmar's expelled leader Suu Kyi jailed for 4 years

On Monday, Myanmar's junta jailed expelled leader Aung San Suu Kyi for four years to induce against the military and break Covid rules. A government spokesman told the first of many possible sentences to see the Nobel laureate imprisoned for decades.

Suu Kyi, 76, has been imprisoned since the generals staged a coup and expelled her government on 1st February, ending the Southeast Asian country's brief period of democracy.

She has since been struck with several charges, including violating the official secrets act, electoral fraud, and corruption, and she faces decades in jail if sentenced on all counts.

Suu Kyi was convicted for two years for inducement against the military On Monday and another two years for breaking a natural disaster law relating to Covid-19. Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told AFP on phone.

Former president Win Myint was too jailed for four years on the exact charges, he said, but added they would not be taken to prison yet.

He added,

"They will face more charges from the places where they are staying now,"

The inducement conviction related to her National League for Democracy party was published shortly after a coup criticized the generals' takeover.

The Covid charge is linked to the election last year, which the NLD won in a landslide, but the details are not precise, with the government forcing a block order on the court proceeding.

Journalists have been banned from attending the special court hearings in Suu Kyi, and Naypyidaw's lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the news channel or media.

In recent weeks, other senior members of NLD have received lengthy sentences.

A former CM was sentenced to 75 years in jail this month, while a close Suu Kyi aide was jailed for 20.

'Retribution'

Myanmar expelled leader Suu Kyi jailed for 4 years 1Twitter image: @OfficialSuuKyi

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Amnesty International immediately condemned the sentences against Suu Kyi.

Amnesty deputy regional director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah said 

"The cruel sentences handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on these bogus charges are the latest example of the military's determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar,"

"The court's farcical and corrupt decision is part of a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishment that has seen more than 1,300 people killed and thousands arrested since the military coup in February."

International Crisis Group's Myanmar senior advisor Richard Horsey also told AFP the sentences "were about retribution and a show of power by the military."

"It would be surprising, though, if she were sent to prison. More likely, she'll serve out this and subsequent terms at her house or a regime 'guest house'."

On Sunday, eyewitnesses said soldiers wounded at least three people after ramming a car into a peaceful demonstrator in commercial hub Yangon.

State media said one had sustained severe wounds, and 11 had been arrested for protesting "without asking for permission."

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