/ 28 April 2022

Suu Kyi gets another 5 years in jail

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another 5 years jail for corruption. It’s the latest verdict in a series of secret military-run trials following the coup in February 2021. It’s not known where the 76yo is being held and she hasn’t been seen in public for 15 months. Suu Kyi has been charged and found guilty of several criminal offences, including voter fraud and inciting dissent against the military. The court hearings, which have been dismissed as a sham by rights groups, have been closed to the public and media and her lawyers are forbidden from speaking to journalists. Yesterday, the court found her guilty of taking a US$600,000 bribe in the form of cash and gold bars from the mayor of Yangon. It takes her total prison sentence to 11 years, and with more charges pending, she could spend the rest of her life in jail. Suu Kyi’s economic adviser – Aussie Sean Turnell – is still in detention and facing trial for allegedly breaching the official secrets act.

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