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No Respite : Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced To Another Four Years In Prison By The Military Junta

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In yet another legal set-back,  Myanmar State Counsellor Aung the 76- year-old San Suu Kyi was sentenced to another four years in prison , the second round of verdicts against the ousted civilian leader.

According to ANI report, The Nobel prize winner was found guilty of multiple charges that include possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, a source with knowledge of the court proceedings told CNN. Suu Kyi, 76, was Myanmar’s state counsellor and de facto leader of the country before she was ousted and detained by the military in a coup 11 months ago and hit with almost a dozen charges that add up to combined maximum sentences of more than 100 years.

They include several charges of corruption — which each carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years — violating COVID-19 pandemic restrictions during the 2020 election campaign, incitement, illegally importing and possessing walkie talkies, and breaking the colonial-era Official Secrets Act — which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, reported CNN.

She has rejected all allegations and her supporters say the charges against her are political.

Monday’s sentence includes two years’ imprisonment for violating Myanmar’s export-import law by possessing the walkie-talkies and one year for violating the communications law. The two sentences will run concurrently, the source told CNN

Suu Kyi, whose party had won the November 2020 Myanmar general election, was arrested on 1 February 2021 following a coup d’état that returned the Military leaders to power. Several charges were filed against her and, on 6 December 2021.

The United Nations, most European countries, and the United States condemned the arrests, trials, and sentences as politically motivated. The military coup sparked protests across the country.

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