Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to 3 more years in prison

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Burma Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to 3 more years in prison

Former Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, already sentenced to 17 years in prison, was sentenced to an additional 3 years for election fraud.

Aung San Suu Kyi, here in January 2020.

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A former Burmese leader who has already been sentenced to 17 years in prison Aung San Suu Kyi He received an additional three-year prison sentence on Friday for electoral fraud in which his party won a majority in the 2020 election, a source familiar with the matter told AFP. The source said the 77-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner appeared in court in good health, adding that he was “sentenced to three years in prison with hard labour”.

River test

Charged with multiple crimes by the military junta in power since a February 2021 coup, he faces decades in prison at the end of his River trial, which has been condemned as political by the international community. He has already served 17 years in prison, notably for several corrupt practices.

The military justified its rule by claiming to have uncovered more than 11 million irregularities during the November 2020 legislative elections, which were won overwhelmingly by the National League for Democracy (LND). International observers for their part qualified the election as “generally free and fair”.

Isolation

Aung San Suu Kyi was held in solitary confinement in a prison in the Burmese capital of Naypyitaw in late June. His trial, which began a year ago, continues inside the jail. The latter has been kept behind closed doors, with his lawyers barred from speaking to the press and international bodies.

Thousands of arrests

The Military junta, promising a new ballot in the summer of 2023, pledged in August that it was ready to open negotiations with Aung San Suu Kyi after her trial. The coup threw the country into chaos. Nearly 2,100 civilians were killed by security forces and more than 15,000 were arrested, according to a local NGO.

British ex-ambassador sentenced to one year in jail

A senior messenger A diplomatic source told AFP on Friday that he was sentenced to one year in prison by the Burmese authorities of the United Kingdom in Burma. Vicky Bowman, who was in office between 2002 and 2006, and her husband, former political prisoner Burmese artist Hetdeen Lin, were charged with violating immigration laws.

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