Burma Suu Kyi sentenced to 5 years in prison for corruption

A military-run court in Myanmar sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to five years in prison on Wednesday after convicting her in the first of 11 corruption cases against her, a source familiar with the news said. procedure.

The Nobel laureate and leading figure in Myanmar’s opposition to military rule is charged with at least 18 offenses carrying combined maximum prison terms of nearly 190 years, nearly killing any chance of a political comeback. Capital Judge Naypyitaw delivered the verdict moments after the court was called and gave no explanation, said the source, who declined to be identified as the trial is being held behind closed doors, with restricted information.

Suu Kyi, who attended all of her hearings, was unhappy with the outcome and would appeal, the source said. The 76-year-old ruled Myanmar for five years during a short period of provisional democracy before being ousted from power in a February 2021 coup by the military, which ruled the former colony British for five of the last six decades.

It was not immediately clear whether she would be transferred to a prison to serve her sentence. Since her arrest, she has been held at an undisclosed location, where junta leader Min Aung Hlaing previously said she could stay after previous convictions in December and January for relatively minor offenses, for which she was convicted. a total of six years.

A military government spokesman was not immediately available for comment. The latest case centered on allegations that Suu Kyi accepted 11.4 kg (402 oz) of gold and cash payments totaling $600,000 from her protege turned accuser, the former chief minister of the city of Yangon, Phyo Min Thein.

Suu Kyi had called the allegations “absurd” and denies all charges against her, including violations of election and state secrets laws, incitement and bribery. “KANGAROO COURTS”

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said Suu Kyi’s days as a free woman were effectively over. “Myanmar’s junta and the country’s kangaroo courts are working together to free Aung San Suu Kyi from what could ultimately be the equivalent of a life sentence, given her advanced age.” he declared.

“Destroying popular democracy in Myanmar also means getting rid of Aung San Suu Kyi, and the junta leaves nothing to chance. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup, with nationwide protests and public anger suppressed by the military with lethal force. Tens of thousands of people have been arrested and many have been killed, tortured and beaten, in what the United Nations has called crimes against humanity.

The international community has imposed sanctions on the military and called Suu Kyi’s trials far-fetched. The Myanmar embassies of the United States and Britain did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The military said Suu Kyi had committed crimes and was given due process by an independent judiciary and dismissed foreign criticism as interference.

The junta refused to allow his visits, including by a special envoy from Southeast Asia trying to end the crisis. Nay Phone Latt, a former official of Suu Kyi’s ousted ruling party, said the court rulings were temporary as military rule would not last long.

“We do not recognize the decisions, legislation or judicial system of the terrorist junta,” said Nay Phone Latt, a member of the national unity shadow government, which has declared a popular revolt against military rule. “I don’t care how long their sentence is, whether it’s a year, two years or whatever they want. It won’t last.”

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