A Myanmar military court sentenced ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to seven years in prison for corruption on Friday, a legal source told AFP, ending an 18-month trial of the laureate. Nobel.
The source said Suu Kyi had been jailed on five corruption charges related to the lease, purchase and maintenance of helicopters causing “loss to the state”.
A prisoner of the army since the 2021 coup, 77-year-old Suu Kyi has been convicted of all charges against her, from corruption to illegal possession of radios and violating Covid restrictions. .
“All her cases are closed and there are no further charges against her,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, said they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The source added that Ms. Suu Kyi – who has now been jailed for 33 years – appeared to be in good health.
Journalists have been barred from attending the trials and Suu Kyi’s lawyers have been barred from speaking to the media.
Since the trial began, she has only been seen once — in grainy state media photographs from an empty courtroom — and had to resort to lawyers to deliver messages to the world.
Many in Myanmar’s democracy struggle, which she has dominated for decades, have abandoned her core principle of nonviolence, with the “People’s Defense Forces” frequently clashing with the army. teams across the country.
Last week, the UN Security Council called on the authorities to free Suu Kyi in the first resolution on the situation in Myanmar since the coup.
It was a time when the council was relatively united after the permanent members and close allies of the junta, China and Russia, abstained, choosing not to use their veto power following the amendments to the junta. words.
The military alleges widespread voter fraud in the November 2020 elections, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won a landslide victory, despite international observers saying the election for the most part take place freely and fairly.
Since then, the administration has rescinded the results and said it had discovered more than 11 million cases of voter fraud.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military came to power, ending the Southeast Asian nation’s brief democracy experiment and sparking massive protests.
The junta has responded with a crackdown that rights groups say includes the razing of villages, outlawed mass killings and air strikes on civilians.
More than a million people have been displaced since the coup, according to the United Nations children’s agency.
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