MyanmarAgence France-Presse and Reuters, citing sources familiar with the case, reported that the Myanmar Military Council has convicted ousted government leader Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption and sentenced her to five years in prison.
The 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has been accused, among other things, of taking bribes consisting of $600,000 (about $564,000) in cash and gold bars.
The former prime minister was arrested by the military on February 1, 2020, along with then-President Win Myint, after the military staged a coup. Since then, several charges have been brought against her, some of which have led to her conviction. So far, Suu Kyi has been jailed for six years on charges of sedition against the military, violating Covid-19 rules and violating the Communications Act.
Suu Kyi faces several other criminal charges, including violation of the Official Secrets Act, corruption and electoral fraud. The politician could face a total of more than 100 years in prison if convicted on all charges. She will remain under house arrest as long as she fights the convictions and charges.
The military coup occurred in 2020 because, according to the military, electoral fraud was committed, and no evidence of this has yet been provided. Suu Kyi’s party was able to secure more seats in the 2020 elections. As a result, the military saw its power shrink further. This was Myanmar’s second free democratic election after 50 years of military dictatorship.
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