Myanmar junta jails Suu Kyi for 4 years

The Nation  |  Dec 07, 2021

YANGON - Myanmar’s junta jailed ousted lead­er Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday for four years for incitement against the military and breaching Covid rules, the first of a series of possible sen­tences that could see the Nobel lau­reate imprisoned for decades.

Suu Kyi, 76, has been detained since the generals staged a coup and ousted her government on February 1, ending the Southeast Asian coun­try’s brief period of democracy.

She has since been hit with a series of charges, including violating the of­ficial secrets act, illegally importing walkie talkies and electoral fraud. On Monday Suu Kyi was sentenced to two years for incitement against the military and another two years for breaching a natural disaster law re­lating to Covid, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told AFP by phone.

At least 12 inmates escape from judicial lockup in Lahore president Win Myint was also jailed for four years on the same charges, he said, but added they would not yet be taken to prison.

They will face other charges from the places where they are staying now,” he added, referring to their de­tention in the capital of Naypyidaw but without giving further details.

incitement conviction related to statements Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party pub­lished shortly after the coup con­demning the generals’ takeover.

Covid charge is linked to last year’s election, which the NLD won in a landslide, but the details are not clear with the government imposing a gag order on the court proceedings. have been barred from attending the special court hearings in Naypyidaw and Suu Kyi’s lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the media.

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