The junta continues its repression of the opposition. Former Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, ousted from power after the February 2021 military coup, was sentenced to an additional six years in prison for two corruption cases, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday (October 12th). .
The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, aged 77 and held in solitary confinement in a prison in the capital Naypyidaw, is the subject of a river trial denounced as political by the international community.
Two three-year prison terms
She was sentenced to “two three-year prison terms” for having accepted a total of 550,000 dollars in bribes from a businessman, Maung Weik, said this source, indicating that these two sentences were confused.
Aung San Suu Kyi ” is in good health. His lawyers will appeal as for the other cases., she also said. She had already been sentenced to 23 years in prison for various reasons, including electoral fraud and corruption. In all, she faces more than 120 years behind bars.
Aung San Suu Kyi arrested during the 2021 putsch
Arrested at the time of the putsch, which ended a decade of democratic transition in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi was placed in solitary confinement in a prison in Naypyidaw at the end of June. It is in this prison establishment in the Burmese capital that his trial continues, which began more than a year ago, behind closed doors, his lawyers being prohibited from speaking to the press and international organizations.
Since the coup that plunged the country into crisis, more than 2,300 civilians have been killed by the security forces, according to a count by a local NGO. The junta, which accuses its opponents, has more than 3,900.