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Myanmar court sentences Suu Kyi to final prison sentence in Myanmar


Almost two years ago, Myanmar's Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown. Now the 19th and last trial against her has ended – the length of the prison sentence has increased significantly again.

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Demonstrators hold up a placard of the detained Aung San Suu Kyi in front of the Myanmar embassy in Thailand

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The ousted de facto head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi, has already had to endure several procedures.

A court of the military junta in Myanmar has now found the Nobel Peace Prize winner guilty of allegations of corruption and sentenced to a further seven years in prison.

This is reported by several news agencies, citing people familiar with the process.

In the process, the last judgments were spoken from a total of 19 procedures that had been initiated against the 77-year-old.

Suu Kyi's trial has now come to an end, a source said: "There are no further charges against her." The Nobel Peace Prize winner appeared to be in good health, it said.

In all, Suu Kyi was sentenced to 33 years in prison for various alleged offenses, including incitement to riot.

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allegations of show trials

The military overthrew the elected government of Suu Kyi in Myanmar in February 2021 and took power.

The head of state was initially placed under house arrest, and Suu Kyi has been in solitary confinement in a prison in the capital Naypyidaw for six months.

The trial started in June 2021. The allegations ranged from corruption to the illegal import of walkie-talkies to violations of the law on official secrets.

The trials were held behind closed doors, and Suu Kyi's lawyers were not allowed to speak to media representatives.

Observers spoke of show trials and saw the charges as an attempt by the junta to secure its own power.

The generals justified their coup with alleged fraud in the November 2020 election, which Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party clearly won.

They presented no evidence.

Since then, the country has descended into chaos and violence.

The junta is trying to use all its might to suppress popular resistance.

Again and again she acts brutally against opponents.

According to the prisoner aid organization AAPP, more than 2,600 people have been killed and more than 16,600 arrested since the coup.


Source: spiegel

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