Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to Four Years in Prison in Second Verdict

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The country’s former civilian leader, whose government was overthrown in a military coup last year, is already serving a two-year sentence.

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Ms Suu Kyi’s lawyers, along with human rights advocates, have said the allegations are politically motivated and intended to keep Ms Suu Kyi, who led her country’s democracy movement, out of public life. Her trials have been conducted behind closed doors, and her legal team was banned by the junta from speaking to the press.

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A Myanmar court convicted Ms Suu Kyi on three charges on Monday, according to a person familiar with her case. The first two charges relate to allegations that he had an illegally imported walkie-talkie at the time of his arrest. The third alleged that he broke pandemic-related restrictions on gatherings.

The person was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and one year under the country’s import-export law, together with a telecommunications law, the person said. The man said he was also sentenced to two years under the Disaster Management Act, taking Monday’s sentence to four years in total.

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On 6 December, Ms Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison on a separate charge of incitement and violating the Disaster Management Act, but her sentence was reduced to two years in a partial pardon by junta leader Gen Min. Was. Aang Huling. She is serving her sentence at an undisclosed location, where she has been kept since May.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called his first sentence an insult to democracy and justice in the country and urged Myanmar authorities to release him and others detained. Former President Win Myint and other officials of the ousted civil administration of Suu Kyi are also in jail.

More than 1,400 people have been killed and more than 11,000 arrested since the coup, according to the non-profit Aid Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors deaths and arrests in the country.

Write Feliz Solomon at [email protected]

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