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Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced further

A court sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to another prison sentence for alleged corruption. Myanmar has been in chaos since the military coup.

A court controlled by the military junta in

Myanmar has imposed further prison sentences on deposed Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. She was found guilty in two corruption cases and received two prison sentences of three years each, which must be carried out at the same time, people familiar with the trial told the German news agency Wednesday. In total, the 77-year-old was sentenced to 26 years in prison for various alleged crimes, including inciting a riot.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been in solitary confinement in a prison in the capital Naypyidaw since June, after being placed under house arrest following the military coup in February 2021. The trials are closed to the public and Suu Kyi’s lawyers cannot talk to media representatives. Observers speak of mock trials.

The generals justified their overthrow with alleged fraud in the November 2020 election, which Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party had clearly won. They presented no evidence. Since then, the former Burma has plunged into chaos and violence. According to the prisoner aid organization AAPP, more than 2,300 people were killed and more than 15,800 arrested in the coup.

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