/ 11 November 2021

Suu Kyi allies jailed in Myanmar

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

A Myanmar court yesterday sentenced 2 senior members of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party to 90 years and 75 years in prison for corruption. They’re the harshest punishments given to members of the National League for Democracy since dozens were arrested following a military coup in February. And it doesn’t bode well for Suu Kyi, who is being kept under house arrest as she awaits sentencing next month on a raft of charges. If she’s convicted – and pundits say that is all but certain – the 76yo Nobel laureate could spend the rest of her life in prison. More than 1,000 people in Myanmar have died in the unrest following February’s military coup, and there are pockets of resistance that are maintaining the rage. Earlier this week, UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said the humanitarian situation in Myanmar was deteriorating, with more than 3 million people in need of assistance. #SquizShortcut

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