June 1, 2023

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Aung San Suu Kyi will spend another six years in prison

l’Former Burmese leader Aung San Suu KyiOn Monday, he was sentenced to an additional 6 years on corruption charges, after he was already sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has committed many crimes A military regime in power after a February 2021 coup, faces decades in prison at the end of his River trial. He has been charged with four counts of corruption.

An experiment behind closed doors

Aung San Suu Kyi, 77, appeared in court in good health and did not comment after the verdict was read, the source said. Arrested during the February 1, 2021 military coup that ended a decade of democratic transition. In BurmaHe was placed in solitary confinement in a prison in Naypyitaw in late June.

His trial, which began a year ago, continues inside the jail. The latter has been kept behind closed doors, with his lawyers barred from speaking to the press and international organizations. It is targeted for a wide range of crimes: violation of the colonial-era State Secrets Act, electoral fraud, treason, corruption…

Several relatives were also sentenced

Many observers denounce the practice as motivated solely by political considerations: they categorically exclude Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of the hero of independence and a big winner in the 2015 and 2020 elections, from the political arena.

Many of the 1991 Nobel laureate’s relatives have already faced severe punishment. A former member of his party, the National League for Democracy (LND), was hanged in July, and three pro-democracy activists were sentenced to death.

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Confusion from February 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi spent nearly fifteen years under house arrest under previous military dictatorships. The February 2021 coup threw the country into chaos. A local NGO reported that nearly 2,100 civilians were killed by security forces and 15,000 were arrested.

The military seized power under the pretext of alleged rigging in the previous year’s elections, in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory. The junta has promised a new referendum in 2023.

The EU condemns the “unjustified” condemnation

EU diplomacy chief Joseph Borrell on Monday condemned the Burmese junta’s “unjustified” condemnation of the former head of government.

“I call on the Burmese regime to immediately and unconditionally release her and all political prisoners and respect the will of the people,” Borrell said in a tweet.