Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar court docket extends jail sentence to 33 years


A court docket in military-run Myanmar has sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to seven years in jail for corruption, a supply acquainted with the case advised CNN, bringing an finish to a string of secretive and highly-politicized proceedings towards the ousted former chief.

Friday’s verdict is the ultimate punishment meted out to the 77-year-old, a democratically elected figurehead of opposition to a long time of army rule who led Myanmar for 5 years earlier than being compelled from energy in a violent coup in early 2021.

The ruling Friday discovered Suu Kyi responsible of corruption in relation to the acquisition, restore and rental of a helicopter to be used throughout pure disasters and state affairs, together with rescues and emergencies, the supply mentioned.

She now faces a complete of 33 years in jail, together with three years of exhausting labor, the supply mentioned, which means she may spend the remainder of her life behind bars.

Suu Kyi has beforehand been convicted of a number of offenses, together with electoral fraud and receiving bribes, in accordance with sources.

She has denied all the expenses levied towards her, in accordance with the supply, and her attorneys have mentioned they’re politically motivated.

She is being held in solitary confinement at a jail within the capital Naypyidaw and her trials have taken place behind closed doorways, with restricted info reported by state media and a gag order imposed on her attorneys.

Myanmar has been torn by violence and financial paralysis for the reason that military intervened to stop Suu Kyi forming a brand new authorities, three months after her occasion was re-elected in a landslide election towards military-backed opposition.

In the meantime, rights teams have repeatedly expressed issues concerning the punishment of pro-democracy activists within the nation for the reason that army seized energy.

“The convictions aim to both permanently sideline (Suu Kyi), as well as undermine and ultimately negate her NLD (National League for Democracy) party’s landslide victory in the November 2020 election,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, mentioned in a press release Friday.

“From start to finish, the junta grabbed whatever it could to manufacture cases against her with full confidence that the country’s kangaroo courts would come back with whatever punitive judgments the military wanted.”

Final week, the United Nations Safety Council (UNSC) known as on the army junta to launch all political prisoners, together with Suu Kyi and former President Win Myint, in its first decision handed on the Southeast Asian nation since its independence.

Within the two years for the reason that army seized energy, freedoms and rights in Myanmar have deteriorated markedly. State executions have returned and 1000’s of individuals have been arrested for protesting towards army rule.

In November, the junta launched greater than 6,000 prisoners below an amnesty, state media reported, together with a former British ambassador, an Australian economist and a Japanese journalist.

The pardons got here after sturdy criticism of the junta on the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.