Burmese leader Suu Kyi sentenced to five years in prison | News
A Myanmar military junta court sentenced civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to five years in prison on Wednesday for alleged acts of corruption.
Myanmar military junta accuses Suu Kyi of electoral fraud
After two days of delays, the Naypyidaw special court, created by the military junta to try Suu Kyi and other officials of the ousted government, issued the ruling in the morning hours of April 27.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers denounced that they have not been able to meet with the Burmese leader after knowing the judicial decision against her.
BREAKING: @MyanmarSC Aung San Suu Kyi given 5 years’ jail in the 1st of a dozen corruption trials
This case relates to ex-Yangon chief minister Phyo Min Thein who said he bribed Suu Kyi with cash and gold bars
Sources say lawyers didn’t get to meet Suu Kyi
— Leong Wai Kit (@LeongWaiKitCNA)
April 27, 2022
In the case decided on Wednesday, Aung San Suu Kyi was accused of accepting an alleged $600,000 bribe and gold bars.
The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize had already been sentenced to six years in prison, she also faces numerous accusations of corruption for allegedly appropriating funds donated to a foundation and for the purchase and rental of helicopters, all these crimes are punishable with up to 15 years in prison.
In early December, Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison, reduced to two after receiving a pardon from the military junta, for violating the laws implemented against the pandemic and incitement against the military junta.
The ousted leader was also sentenced on January 10 to another four years in prison for skipping measures against the spread of Covid-19 during an electoral act.
Aung San Suu Kyi is also being tried for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Law, punished with a maximum of 14 years in prison, and is accused in court for the crime of electoral fraud during the November 2020 elections.
The Burmese leader’s team of lawyers has described as a fabrication all the accusations presented against her.
Suu Kyi was detained from the first hours of the coup d’état perpetrated by the military on February 1, 2021.
Since the military coup, more than 1,700 people have died and more than 13,000 were detained in the military repression of peaceful protests.