Bangkok. A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday convicted ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on four more corruption counts and sentenced her to an additional six years in prison. A law officer gave this information. The hearing took place behind closed doors and Suu Kyi’s lawyers were barred from briefing her on the proceedings. On Monday, the court pronounced its verdict in four additional cases related to it.
Suu Kyi was accused of abusing her position to rent out public land below market value and to build houses for charitable purposes with donated money. He was sentenced to three years in each of the four counts, but the three sentences would run concurrently. As such, he will have to serve an additional six years in jail.
Suu Kyi has denied the charges against her and her lawyers can appeal the verdict. Suu Kyi was previously sentenced to 11 years in prison on treason, corruption and other charges after the military overthrew her elected government and placed her under house arrest in February 2021. Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi has previously been under house arrest for several years for defying military rule.
Significantly, on February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s army took over the reins of the country and detained Suu Kyi and several senior leaders of Myanmar. Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory in the last general election, but the military says the election was largely rigged. According to a watchdog group, about 1,800 people have died as a result of the brutal use of the military to quell protests across the country after the military took over the country.
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First Published: 15 August 2022, 16:15 IST