Myanmar’s Aung Suu Kyi gets 4 more years in jail
Junta court sentences Nobel laureate over illegal import of walkie-talkies, violation of COVID restrictions
Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung Suu Kyi was sentenced on Monday to four more years in jail.
The sentence was announced by a military junta court in the capital Naypyitaw on charges of possessing “illegally imported” walkie-talkies and violation of COVID-19 public health restrictions, according to Myanmar Now, a local news website.
This is the second sentence issued by a junta court since Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government was deposed in a military coup last year.
The Nobel laureate was handed two years for violating the Export-Import Law, one year for violating the Communications Law and another for “violation of COVID-19 public health restrictions during the 2020 election campaign period.”
She will serve the prison terms concurrently.
Last December, she was sentenced to four years in prison for violating pandemic-related health restrictions. Her sentence was later reduced to two years.
There are seven more cases brought against the deposed leader.
The Myanmar military, known locally as the Tatmadaw, launched a military coup in February last year and jailed prominent leaders of the ruling party.
According to the Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, some 1,447 people were killed and nearly 8,500 demonstrators were arrested in the military’s brutal crackdown on mass protests and rebellion against their rule.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.