Myanmar: Six more years in prison for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar: six additional years in prison for Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi's supporters are still numerous in Myanmar.

The Burmese junta is tightening its grip on Aung San Suu Kyi: the ex-leader overthrown by the February 2021 coup was sentenced on Monday to an additional six years in prison during the course of the prison term. a river trial, denounced as political by the international community.

The 77-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who had already been sentenced to a total of 11 years in detention , was found guilty of four corruption charges.

Appeared in good health at the military court, according to a source familiar with the matter, she did not comment after the judgment was read.

It is about& #x27;an affront to justice and the rule of law, reacted a spokesperson for the US State Department, calling for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all those unjustly detained, including democratically elected representatives.

Arrested during the February 1, 2021 military coup, Aung San Suu Kyi was placed in solitary confinement in a prison in Naypyidaw at the end of June.

C' x27;is in this prison in the capital that his trial continues, which began more than a year ago, behind closed doors. His lawyers are also prohibited from speaking to the press and international organizations.

She is targeted by a multitude of offenses: violation of a state secrets law dating from the colonial era, electoral fraud, sedition, corruption… She risks decades of prison.

At the end of April, the Nobel Prize winner was sentenced to five years in prison under the anti-corruption law, for collecting $600,000 and weighing more than 25 pounds. gold of bribes from the former minister responsible for the Yangon region.

She had previously been tried for importing and illegally possessing walkie-talkies, violating the coronavirus restrictions and incitement to public unrest.

Deaf to national and international indignation, the trials to punish Suu Kyi and her relatives aim to erase Burma's democratic past, the political analyst reacted to AFP David Mathieson.

Their intention is clear to everyone except the international community, whose sanctions are considered too light by some observers, he continued.

Many voices denounce a judicial harassment motivated, according to them, by political considerations: to permanently touch the daughter of the hero of independence and big winner of the elections of 2015 and 2020.

Several of his relatives were sentenced to heavy sentences: 75 years in prison for a former minister, 20 years for one of his collaborators. A former member of his party sentenced to death, Phyo Zeya Thaw, was executed at the end of July.

Others went into exile or went into hiding. Some of these fallen elected officials formed a National Unity Government (NUG), but it does not control any territory, and has not been recognized by any foreign government.

Aung San Suu Kyi remains a very popular figure in Burma, even if her international image has been damaged by her inability to defend the Muslim minority of the Rohingyas, victims of abuses by the army in 2016 and 2017 – a genocide according to Washington.

The ASEAN special envoy for Burma, mandated to find a way out of the crisis, was not allowed to meet her during his most recent visit, end of June.

The army in power defends its plan to organize elections in the summer of 2023. The United States has already rejected this sham election that cannot be free or fair under current conditions, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The junta, increasingly isolated on the international scene, took power by force under the pretext of alleged fraud in the elections of the previous year, won overwhelmingly by the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, ending a decade of democratic transition.

The putsch plunged the country into chaos. Nearly 2,100 civilians were killed by security forces and more than 15,000 were arrested, according to a local NGO.

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