A court board of Myanmar sentenced on Monday to Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison for three charges, in one of the legal actions against the ousted ruler. A source told AFP that the 76-year-old leader was found guilty of two charges for the alleged smuggling of radio communication devices (walkie-talkies) and another for breaking sanitary rules due to the coronavirus.
LOOK: Overthrown Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to four years in prison
Monday’s sentence is in addition to the sentences handed down in December when she was sentenced to four years for incitement and for breaking sanitary rules by the coronavirus during his election campaign.
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The head of the military junta, Min Aung Hlaing, commuted the sentence to two years and said he could serve them under house arrest in the capital Naipyido.
Suu Kyi, distinguished with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, has been detained since February 1 when her government was overthrown by a coup that ended the brief democratic experiment in the Asian country.
The coup caused general discontent, but the security forces suppressed the demonstrations with massive arrests and violence that left more than 1,400 civilians killed, according to a local monitoring group.
Last December’s sentence generated international condemnations and revived street protests by hitting pots and pans in Myanmar.
Before the verdict, human rights researcher Manny Maung said new convictions would exacerbate national discontent.
“The announcement of his latest conviction resulted in one of the days of the most interactions on social media from within Myanmar and strongly angered the public “, indicated to AFP.
“The military calculates this (the lawsuits against Suu Kyi) as a scare tactic, but it only serves to cause more anger.”added.
Journalists do not have access to hearings and lawyers for Suu Kyi they are forbidden to speak to the press.
Under a previous military junta, the civilian leader spent long periods under house arrest at her family’s mansion in Rangoon, the largest city in Myanmar.
She is currently confined to an undisclosed site in the capital, and her only contact with the outside world is meetings with her lawyers before court hearings.
In addition to Monday’s cases, she also faces various charges of corruption, each of which is punishable by 15 years in prison, and of violating the official secrets law.
In November, she and 15 other officials, including former President Win Myint, were charged with alleged electoral fraud in the 2020 elections.
His party, the National League for Democracy (LND), won the elections widely over a party close to the military.
Since the coup, several of his political allies have been detained, and one minister was sentenced to 75 years in prison while others remain in hiding.
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