Suu Kyi gets additional jail time for election fraud

suu kyi gets additional jail time for election fraud
suu kyi gets additional jail time for election fraud

Aung San Suu Kyi, the deposed leader of Myanmar, was found guilty of electoral fraud on Friday and sentenced to three years in jail with hard labour, according to a person with knowledge of the case.

Since a coup in early last year, the Nobel laureate and leader of Myanmar’s opposition to decades of military rule has been imprisoned, and his sentence has been extended to more than 17 years. Every single accusation made against her is completely false, she says.

On Friday, a judge ruled that she had committed fraud in the general election that her National League for Democracy (NLD) had won with an overwhelming legislative majority, defeating a party formed by the powerful military.

The anonymous source, who was not authorised to speak to the media, added that it was unknown what kinds of rigorous labour would be required. According to the same source, former president and co-defendant Win Myint was also given the same punishment.

In spite of repeated attempts to reach a representative of the ruling military council, we have not yet heard back. The junta has claimed that Suu Kyi is being treated fairly.

After an election the military said had been marred by fraud that had not been adequately probed, it seized control in February 2021 to prevent Suu Kyi’s NLD from forming a new government.

The NLD claims victory was legitimate and has refuted claims of fraud.

For more than a year, 77-year-old Suu Kyi has been on trial for a variety of accusations, including corruption, provocation, and the disclosure of state secrets, with a total possible sentence of more than 190 years.

Her trials have taken place in a closed courtroom in the city of Naypyitaw, and the junta has released few details about the procedures. Suu Kyi’s legal team is under a gag order.

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