Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi gets 3 years’ jail for election fraud

by | Sep 2, 2022 | World

Latest sentence adds to the 17 years in prison that Aung San Suu Kyi has already been given in military-ruled Myanmar.Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty of electoral fraud and sentenced to three years in jail with hard labour, a sentence that adds to the 17 years in prison that she was already handed for other offences.
The Nobel laureate and figurehead for Myanmar’s opposition to decades of military rule has been detained since a coup early last year. She denies all the allegations against her.
On Friday, news agencies cited sources as reporting that Aung San Suu Kyi was judged to have committed fraud in a November 2020 general election that her National League for Democracy (NLD) won with an overwhelming majority, trouncing a party created by the country’s powerful military.
The sentence on Friday by a special court at a prison in the capital, Naypyidaw, was conveyed by a legal official who insisted on anonymity for fear of being punished by the military authorities, who have restricted the release of information about Aung San Suu Kyi’s trials.
The court source told the Associated Press that Aung San Suu Kyi and two other defendants in the case appeared in good health.
He said that the country’s overthrown President Win Myint and the former minister of the president’s office, Min Thu, who were co-defendants in the case with Aung San Suu Kyi, also received sentences of three years.
All three received prison terms with labour, a category of punishment distinct from …

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