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Aung San Suu Kyi gets four more years in prison

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A Burmese junta court sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison on Monday. A sentence in addition to the four years of detention which the former leader was sentenced in December for having violated the restrictions on the coronavirus.

The Burmese junta is still tightening its grip on Aung San Suu Kyi. The former leader was sentenced, Monday, January 10, to four years in prison in one part of her trial, at the end of which she risks decades of detention.

Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest since the military coup of February 1, 2021, was notably found guilty of illegally importing walkie-talkies, according to a source familiar with the matter.

She had already been sentenced in December to four years of detention for violating restrictions on the coronavirus, a sentence reduced to two years by the generals in power.

Cut off from the world, the Nobel Peace Prize winner is serving this first sentence in the place where she has been held incommunicado since her arrest almost a year ago. His only links with the outside world are limited to brief meetings with his lawyers, who are forbidden to speak to the press and to international organizations.

“The anger of the Burmese people”

“Everyone knows that these accusations are false (…) The soldiers use this tactic of fear to keep her in arbitrary detention” and permanently remove her from the political arena, reacted Manny Maung, researcher for the NGO Human Rights Watch.

This new sentence “risks further reinforcing the anger of the Burmese population,” she said.

Sedition, corruption, incitement to public unrest, electoral fraud … The former leader has been indicted on multiple occasions in recent months.

Relatives sentenced to heavy sentences

Her trial is being held behind closed doors before a specially set up court in the capital Naypyidaw, where she is being tried alongside one of her faithful, former President of the Republic Win Myint, also arrested on February 1.

Several relatives of the former leader have already been sentenced to heavy sentences: 75 years in prison for a former minister, 20 years for one of his collaborators. Others went into exile or went into hiding.

The coup has plunged the country into chaos. Since then, more than 1,400 civilians have been killed by security forces, according to a local NGO, the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners. While anti-junta citizen militias have taken up arms across Burma.

With AFP

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