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Suu Kyi sentenced to 4yrs in jail over walkie-talkies

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:52 AM, 10 January 2022   Updated: 07:05 PM, 10 January 2022

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi; Photo: Collected

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi; Photo: Collected

A military-ruled Myanmar court today has sentenced the country’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in jail on several charges including the possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies.

A source familiar with the court proceeding confirmed the matter on Monday.

“Suu Kyi denies all charges,” the source said.

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, 76, is on trial for nearly a dozen cases that carry combined maximum sentences of more than 100 years in prison.

Earlier on December 6, the Myanmar court convicted Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison for inciting dissent and violating the COVID rules under the Natural Disasters Act.

The following day, December 7, The Myanmar junta has reduced the sentence of Aung San Suu Ky to two years.

Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with several charges including the possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, violating COVID-related sanctions and inciting a coup against the military government. The junta has filed nine more cases against her, including violations of state secrecy laws. If convicted, she could face up to 100 years in prison.

The army overthrew the Suu Kyi government in a bloodless coup on February 1 this year. The junta later accused Suu Kyi of rigging the last election. She and other top leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) were arrested. The trial against Suu Kyi began in June, four months after she was taken into military custody.

It is learned that these cases against Suu Kyi have been criticized by local and foreign human rights activists. Suu Kyi also denied all the allegations. She has been held incommunicado since her arrest in February. 

The walkie-talkie charges stem from when soldiers raided her house on the day of the coup, allegedly discovering the contraband equipment.

Monday’s sentence adds to the penalties the court handed down in December when she was jailed for four years for incitement and breaching Covid-19 rules while campaigning.

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