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Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced 6 more years in prison in Myanmar

Bangkok, Aug 15 (EFE).- A Myanmar military court sentenced deposed leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to another six years in prison Monday for corruption cases attributed to her, according to sources close to the judicial process.

Suu Kyi received a three-year sentence when she was found guilty of abusing her position to rent some land below the market price and another three for building a house with donations destined for charitable works in a foundation she presided over, local media Myanmar Now reported.

The deposed leader, 77, was tried behind closed doors by a court controlled by the military junta in the capital Naypyidaw.

The six-year sentence is added to the 11 years in prison to which Suu Kyi had already been sentenced, who has been under arrest since the morning of Feb. 1, 2021, when Gen. Min Aung Hlain seized power for a military coup.

The ousted leader received a five-year prison sentence in April for accepting bribes worth $600,000 and 11.4 kilograms of gold from former Yangon Governor Phyo Min Thein, who testified in October against the elected leader.

In December Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years, reduced to two by a partial pardon from the military junta, for violating laws against the pandemic and incitement against the authorities. In January she was sentenced to four years for skipping the stockings against the spread of Covid-19 and for the illegal importation of telecommunications devices.

The former State Councilor is also tried for allegedly violating the official secrets law, punished with a maximum of 14 years in prison, and she is accused in court for the crime of electoral fraud during the November 2020 elections.

Suu Kyi’s lawyers, who have been banned by the military junta from speaking to the media, have called all the accusations against her a fabrication.

The coup led by General Min Aung Hlain has plunged Myanmar into a deep political, social and economic crisis, and has opened a spiral of violence with new civilian militias that have exacerbated the guerrilla war that the country has been experiencing for decades. .

At least 2,189 people have died as a result of the brutal repression carried out by police and soldiers, who have shot to kill peaceful and unarmed protesters, according to data collected by the Myanmar NGO Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners. EFE


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