Myanmar imposes new prison sentence on Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi

The Myanmar Justice has condemned this Wednesday the former State Councilor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to five years in prison for a corruption case. The ousted leader is accused of taking bribes worth of $600,000 and 11.4 kilos of gold from the hands of the former governor of Rangoon, Phyo Min Theinwho testified against him.

It has been the special court of Naypyidaw that has issued the ruling. This court was created by the military junta itself, established after the coup in February 2021, to try the Democratic activist.

The former representative of the Government has denounced that they have not been able to meet with their team of lawyers. Suu Kyi has been victim of a campaign of judicial harassment since the new regime was installed in the country. The intentions of this judicial war have been tarnish the reputation of the 76-year-old former Democratic leader.

The military junta has accused the activist of other corruption crimes, such as allegedly abusing her position to rent land, appropriating donation funds from a foundation she directed and building a residence with that money. She is also accused of buying and renting helicopters. These crimes can be sentences of up to 15 years from jail

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In December of last year, she was sentenced to four years in prison for violating the measures established against the pandemic and for inciting against the military junta, which finally reduced the punishment to two years for granting him a pardon. Likewise, a sentence is added in January of this year that includes another four years in prison for skipping during an electoral act rules against covid-19 and for the illegal importation of telecommunications devices.

Suu Kyi Is Tried For Allegedly Violating Official Secrets Law

The Nobel Prize has to face another trial for supposedly violating the official secrets lawpenalized with a maximum of 14 years in prisonand is accused in court for the crime of electoral fraud during the November 2020 elections. Suu Kyi’s defense has described these judicial processes as a fabrication of all the accusations presented against her.

The coup has generated a deep crisis in Myanmar. The country suffers from a serious political, social and economic situation. Something that has triggered a spiral of violence after the formation of new civil militias that have increased the guerrilla warfare that the territory has already suffered for decades.

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