Myanmar’s former leader Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty of corruption charges and sentenced to five years in jail by a court in the military-ruled nation on Wednesday, in the first of numerous corruption cases brought against her.
The conviction was verified by a legal authority to multiple news organisations, but the official was asked not to be named since the trial is being held behind closed doors.
Suu Kyi was accused of taking a bribe of $600,000 (€564,000) and 11 kilos (24.5 pounds) of gold from a former Yangon city chief minister.
Suu Kyi’s former confidant, Phyo Min Thein, testified in October 2021 that he gave her the money.
Suu Kyi, who was deposed by a military coup last year, has denied the charges levelled against her. Myanmar courts have sentenced her to a total of 11 years in jail after her conviction on Wednesday.
What accusations does Aung San Suu Kyi face?
Myanmar’s military commanders have charged Suu Kyi with a slew of charges, ranging from suspected state secrets and electoral law breaches to outright corruption.
The allegations against her might result in a jail term of more than 150 years. Suu Kyi had been sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of breaking the country’s coronavirus pandemic guidelines as well as unlawfully importing walkie-talkies before to Wednesday’s judgement.
The trials are expected to span many years. So far, legal processes have been held behind closed doors, drawing widespread condemnation as a fraud.
Her legal team is likewise subject to a gag order, which prevents them from speaking with the media.
Myanmar is in a state of upheaval.
Since last February’s military coup, which saw Suu Kyi taken from office and her government overturned, Myanmar has been in chaos.
Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest after her conviction, but she is presently held in an unidentified location.
According to local observers, some 1,700 people have been murdered as a result of the military’s administration and crackdown.