Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi jailed for 4 years: military junta

Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi jailed for 4 years: military junta

Myanmar’s military junta jailed ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi Monday for four years. The charges pertain to incitement against the military and breaching Covid-19 rules.

The 76-year-old Suu Kyi has been detained since the generals staged a coup in February. Ousting her government, the military junta ended Myanmar’s brief period of democracy.

Suu Kyi has been hit with a series of charges including violating the official secrets act, corruption and electoral fraud. She might face decades in jail if convicted on all counts.

She was also sentenced to two years for incitement against the military. And another two years she got for breaching a natural disaster law related to Covid.

Former president Win Myint was also jailed for four years on the same charges. The Covid charges are linked to last year’s election in which the NLD had won in a landslide.

The details are not clear yet with the government imposing a gag order on the court proceedings. Other senior members of the NLD have received long sentences.

These harsher sentences were handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on bogus charges which are the latest example of the military’s determination to suffocate freedoms in Myanmar.

The military has dominated life in Myanmar. It also defended its coup, claiming fraud allegations in last year’s general election.

The soldiers wounded at least three people after ramming a car into a peaceful demonstrators in commercial hub Yangon.

As per State media, one had sustained serious wounds and 11 had been arrested for protesting without asking for permission.

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