The former Myanmar leader, who was ousted by the military in a coup in February, was sentenced to four years in prison by a court on Monday on the first two of the at least 11 charges against her, according to a government spokesperson. Suu Kyi was found guilty of inciting unrest and violating COVID-19 restrictions during last year’s election campaign.
Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been convicted of incitement and another charge and sentenced to four years in prison. Her trial has been widely criticized as a further attempt to roll back democratic gains of recent years.
A court in military-ruled Myanmar jailed deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi for four years on charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions, said a source following proceedings in a case that critics described as ‘farcical’.
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Mark Farmaner The use of numerous criminal charges against Aung San Suu Kyi is a new tactic by the military. Previously they used the 1975 State Protection Act to arbitrarily detained her without charges, because she was a ‘destructive element’.
Andreas Harsono Aung San Suu Kyi, the ousted leader, faces years in custody after being sentenced on the first of several charges. In her absence, a new generation of younger, more progressive politicians is emerging. Myanmar’s democratic hopes move on.