A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday sentenced Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional six years in prison for corruption. A Myanmar military court convicted Aung San Suu Kyi on four other corruption counts and sentenced her to an additional six years in prison, according to a report by AP news agency.
The military court heard the case in-camera and the media and outsiders were barred from entering it. The court also barred Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers from disclosing information about the proceedings.
Let us tell you that Aung San Suu Kyi became the State Counselor of Myanmar (the equivalent rank of Prime Minister) and Foreign Minister in the year 2016. On 1 February 2021, the Myanmar army took over the regime by coup there. Since then, many leaders of the country, including Aung San Suu Kyi, have been imprisoned by the army and they are being tried for corruption.
The military court on Monday decided four additional cases involving Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi was accused of abusing her position to rent out government land below market value and build a house with donations for charitable purposes. He has been sentenced to three years in jail in all the four cases.
However, the sentence of three of these cases will run concurrently. Where as the sentence of one case will run after the completion of the rest of the sentence. In this way, Aung San Suu Kyi would have to spend an additional six years in prison. Aung San Suu Kyi, 77, has denied the charges against her and her lawyers can appeal the verdict in a higher court.
She has already been sentenced to 11 years in prison on treason, corruption and other charges after Myanmar’s military toppled his democratic government and detained him in February 2021. After Monday’s sentence, his total sentence has now increased to 17 years.
Myanmar witnessed widespread protests and demonstrations across the country after a military coup in February last year. The army tried to crush these protests by force. According to a local watchdog group, more than 2,000 civilians have been killed in the military crackdown and nearly 17,000 people have been arrested and jailed.