A court has sentenced the disempowered Prime Minister of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four more years in prison. Among other things, it is about the possession of radios.
Myanmar's disempowered Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison by a court.
The 76-year-old was found guilty in two cases of illegal import and possession of walkie-talkies and in one case of violating corona regulations, according to a judicial officer. In connection with the radio equipment, she is said to have disregarded telecommunications and import-export laws.
The special court in the capital Naypyidaw had postponed the verdicts against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate several times. It is unclear whether Suu Kyi will have to serve a prison sentence or remain under house arrest. The process took place in camera.
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At the beginning of December, she had already been sentenced to four years in prison for inciting rioting against the military and violating corona requirements. Shortly afterwards, the military junta reduced this prison term to two years.
The judiciary has accused Suu Kyi of other offenses, including corruption, betrayal of secrets and abuse of office. According to experts, she faces up to 100 years imprisonment.
Suu Kyi was arrested alongside other members of her government in early February 2021 after a military coup. The military junta speaks of fraudulent parliamentary elections in November 2020, in which Suu Kyi's party was re-elected by a large majority.
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The disempowered head of government is currently being held in a secret location, and there is little information about her state of health and the status of the trials. Hundreds of people were killed in protests following the coup.
One month between conviction and conviction. Again, the sentence falls on Monday. Same patterns even in the number of years in prison. But Aung San Suu Kyi's judicial ordeal has only just begun.
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Now, Suu Kyi (76 years old) has been found guilty of possessing walkie-talkies without a license. That was another of a dozen charges that the ousted leader has against her and for which she can receive combined maximum sentences of up to 102 years in prison. Pending has more lawsuits for corruption, sedition, violating a state secrets law or allegedly accepting $ 600,000 in bribes.
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According to some media in the country, the military regime imposed a gag order on the five lawyers of Suu Kyi's legal team. Journalists have also not been allowed to enter the closed-door court where the verdicts were released.
Since the democratically elected Burmese government at the polls was overthrown by the military on February 1, Suu Kyi, who until then was the councilor of state and de facto leader, has been under house arrest, in total isolation.
"These rulings are yet another example of how the junta is simply making things up on the fly to justify its own existence," says Manny Maung, Burma researcher for Human Rights Watch.
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"It is clear that they have failed in their seizure of power, they are certainly not in control and they have thrown Burma into a man-made crisis of their own accord," says Maung.
The woman who spent decades fighting for democracy in her country has been in the shadows for almost a year, facing previous military governments, which have already locked her up under house arrest for 15 years.
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Her party, the National League for Democracy, which she herself founded in 1988, won a resounding victory in the elections at the end of 2020, but the army refused to accept the result and, two months later, carried out a military coup, taking over the power.
Since then, a regime of terror and blood reigns in the Asian country. Last Christmas Eve, soldiers killed 35 people, including two Save the Children workers . Resistance groups have sprung up, but anyone who considers himself to be contrary to the government runs the risk of being arrested, sentenced to forced labor or assassinated. More than 1,300 people have been killed by security forces and more than 11,400 have been arrested, according to figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners of Burma (AAPPB).
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Suu Kyi, daughter of Burmese independence hero General Aung San, became a global icon of democracy and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Years later, she managed to return her country to a very similar system. that of a democracy with her as the de facto leader.
But the light of a figure seen as a beacon for human rights was extinguished when she tolerated the repression against the Rohingya minority by the same military that had arrested her in the past and who ended up locking her up again after the last coup.
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