Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s deposed leader, sentenced to four additional years in prison

On Monday, January 10, a Myanmar court sentenced former leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four additional years in prison after finding her guilty of unlawfully importing and possessing walkie-talkies and breaking coronavirus regulations, according to a legal official.

Suu Kyi was convicted last month on two other counts and sentenced to four years in jail, which was later reduced by the president of the military-installed government.

The cases are among more than a dozen filed against the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate after the army overthrew her elected government and arrested key members of her National League for Democracy party last February.

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If she is proven guilty on all counts, she may face a jail sentence of more than 100 years.

Suu Kyi’s supporters and independent experts argue that the allegations against her are fabricated in order to justify the military’s seizure of power and prevent her from returning to politics.

The judgment was delivered Monday in the capital’s Naypyitaw court by a legal officer who insisted on anonymity for fear of repercussions from the authorities, who have restricted the publication of information regarding Suu Kyi’s trials.

She was sentenced to two years in jail under the Export-Import Law for importing the walkie-talkies and one year under the Telecommunications Law for possessing them, he added. Both sentences will be served consecutively. In addition, she was sentenced to two years in prison under the Natural Disaster Management Law for allegedly breaking coronavirus restrictions while campaigning.

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Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in jail last month after being convicted on two other charges: inciting and violating COVID-19 regulations. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the military-installed administration, cut the sentence by half just hours after it was imposed.

Suu Kyi’s party scored a huge win in the 2020 general election, but the military alleged significant voting fraud, which independent pollsters dispute.

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