Myanmar court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption – source

A military-run court in Myanmar sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to six years in prison on Monday after convicting her of four corruption cases, a source familiar with the proceedings said.

The 77-year-old Nobel laureate and leading figure in Myanmar’s opposition to military rule has been charged with at least 18 offenses ranging from bribery to election violation, carrying combined maximum prison sentences of nearly 190 years. Suu Kyi called the accusations absurd and denies all charges against her.

She was found guilty on Monday of misappropriating funds from the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation – an organization she founded to promote health and education – to build a house and rent government-owned land at a reduced rate. , the source said. Suu Kyi, who is being held in solitary confinement in a prison in the capital Naypyitaw, had previously been sentenced to 11 years in prison in other cases.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since last year, when the military toppled an elected government led by Suu Kyi’s party after it won a general election and carried out a deadly crackdown on dissent. Tens of thousands of people have been imprisoned and many have been tortured, beaten or killed, in what the United Nations has called crimes against humanity.

The international community has imposed sanctions on the military and called Suu Kyi’s secret trials far-fetched. “This is a massive assault on his rights, and it’s part of the campaign to bury him and the NLD forever,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, referring to his ousted party, the National League for Democracy.

Military government spokesman Zaw Min Tun could not be reached for comment on Monday. He previously said Suu Kyi was given due process by an independent judiciary and dismissed foreign criticism as interference. The daughter of the leader of Myanmar’s independence campaign from British colonization ruled the country for five years during a brief period of attempted reforms before being ousted in the coup. February 2021 status.

The military has ruled for five of the last six decades.

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