Myanmar’s Suu Kyi jailed for six years for corruption...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi jailed for six years for corruption

 International Desk

 Published: 05:51 PM, 15 August 2022   Updated: 05:52 PM, 15 August 2022

Aung San Suu Kyi; Photo: Collected

Aung San Suu Kyi; Photo: Collected

A Myanmar junta court jailed ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for six years for corruption on Monday, reports AFP quoting a source close to the case.

Suu Kyi, 77, has been detained since the generals staged a coup and toppled her government on February 1 last year, ending the Southeast Asian country’s brief period of democracy.

She has since been hit with a series of charges, including violating the official secrets act, corruption, and electoral fraud, and she faces decades in jail if convicted on all counts.

Suu Kyi was sentenced to “six years imprisonment under four anti-corruption charges”, said the source, who told the media on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to speak to the media.

She appeared in good health and did not make any statement following her latest sentencing, the source added.

The Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to 11 years in jail for corruption, incitement against the military, breaching Covid-19 rules and breaking a telecommunications law.

Journalists have been barred from attending the court hearings and Suu Kyi’s lawyers have been banned from speaking to the media.

The coup sparked widespread protests and unrest which the military sought to crush by force.

According to a local monitoring group, the crackdown has left more than 2,000 civilians dead and has seen some 17,000 arrested.

Source: AFP