Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced six more years in prison for corruption case

HY News 16 August, 2022 10:56 am IST

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Nobel peace prize laureate and Myanmar democrat leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to six more years in prison on Monday.

A special court inside a prison compound in the capital Naypyidaw found her guilty of four corruption charges related to a charity named after her late mother, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the proceedings aren’t public.

It’s the fourth round of criminal verdicts against Suu Kyi since the military seized power in a 2021 coup and brings her total jail term to 17 years, extinguishing any chance of her staging a political comeback while the junta remain in power.

She had already been sentenced to 11 years in prison on sedition, corruption and other charges at earlier trials after the military detained her in February 2021 as it seized power from her elected government in a February 2021 coup.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 77, was convicted of misusing funds from the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation – an organisation she founded promoting health and education – to build a home, and leasing government-owned land at a discounted rate.

Media reports said the trial was held behind closed doors, with no access for media or the public. Her lawyers have been ordered not to speak about the proceedings.

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