A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday convicted the country's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on four more corruption counts and sentenced her to an additional six years in prison.
Bangkok: In the breaking development in the case, A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday convicted the country’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on four more corruption counts and sentenced her to an additional six years in prison. The hearing took place in-camera, and Suu’s lawyers were barred from disclosing information about the proceedings. An official gave this information. The court on Monday decided in four additional cases related to it.
Suu was accused of abusing her position to rent out public land below market value and build a house with donations for charitable purposes. He received a sentence of three years each in each of the four cases, but in three of these cases the sentence would run concurrently. In this way, he will have to stay in jail for an additional six years.
Aung San Suu denies the allegations against her
Aung San Suu Kyi denies the charges against her and her lawyers can appeal the verdict. Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to 11 years in prison on treason, corruption and other charges after the military toppled her elected government and detained her in February 2021. Analysts say the charges against Suu and her aides are an attempt to legitimize the military’s capture of power, as well as to prevent the military from participating in elections next year as promised.
Top members of Suu Kyi’s party were also arrested
Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party and other top members of her government have also been arrested and jailed, and officials have said they may dissolve the party before the next election.
ASEAN countries criticized Myanmar for violence
Let us tell you that this month the foreign ministers of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) criticized Myanmar for its failure to stop the violence by issuing a final circular after several rounds of meetings. Myanmar’s military-led government, which seized power from elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021, was accused of thousands of extrajudicial killings.
In Myanmar last week, for the first time in several decades, some people were officially executed, for which apart from ASEAN member countries, many countries of the world criticized the government of Myanmar.