Myanmar’s former de facto civilian ruler, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced Wednesday to another five years in prison for corruption, a source familiar with the case told AFP.
In this part of the trial, the military junta in power since the coup in February 2021 accuses Suu Kyi, 76, Nobel Prize winner for pacethat he received bribes worth $ 600,000 and more than 11 kilograms of gold from former minister in charge of Rangoon Pheo Min Thein.
But Aung San Suu Kyi, already sentenced to six years in prison, denies the charges. The court upheld ten corruption charges against her.
Aung San Suu Kyi, to which she was confirmed earlier this week by an informed source to be in good health, was arrested when the military coup took place on February 1, 2021, ending the democratic period in Myanmar.
She is accused of a number of crimes, including violating a colonial-era state secrets law, election fraud, sedition and corruption, and could be sentenced to decades in prison at the end of her trial.
Suu Kyi is serving the beginning of her sentence under house arrest in a place in which was withheld in incommunicado for more than a year and should remain there for the duration of the trial.
This position is secret as his lawyers are prohibited from speaking with media and international organizations.
A large number of observers condemn this measure, which they consider purely politically motivated, namely the exclusion from the political arena of Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of the hero of independence and main winner of the elections of 2015 and 2020, from the political arena and for everyone.
A large number of people close to Suu Kyi have been handed down severe sentences, including the execution of a former member of parliament, 75 years of imprisonment for a former minister and another 20 years of imprisonment for one of her aides, while others are fled abroad or entered in hide.
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