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“Disturbed” over ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s jail term, says MEA

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Deeply concerned by Myanmar’s conviction of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Tuesday expressed its disappointment as it called for the rule of law and democratic processes to be upheld. To note, ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced four-year jail term over charges of inciting dissent. Her sentence was later reduced from four years to two years.

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“We are disturbed at the recent verdicts. As a neighbouring democracy, India has been consistently supportive of the democratic transition in Myanmar,” foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a statement.

“We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld. Any development that undermines these processes and accentuates differences is a matter of deep concern.”

“It is our sincere hope that keeping their nation’s future in mind, efforts would be made by all sides to advance the path of dialogue,” Bagchi said.

Myanmar was rocked by massive protests after the military seized power in a coup on February 1. Hundreds of people, including children, were killed in the consequent crackdown against the protesters by the forces.

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Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was among the key people detained by the military following the coup. Her latest sentencing is one of the firsts in a series of verdicts.

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