Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to four years in prison

Suu Kyi was found guilty of multiple charges including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, a source with knowledge of the court proceedings told CNN.

Suu Kyi, 76, was Myanmar’s councilor of state and de facto leader of the country before being overthrown and detained by the military in a coup 11 months ago and charged with nearly a dozen charges totaling combined maximum sentences of more than 100 years. .

They include various charges of corruption, each with a maximum prison sentence of 15 years, for violating Covid-19 pandemic restrictions during the 2020 election campaign, inciting, illegally importing and possessing walkie talkies, and violating the Official Secrets Act of the colonial era. – which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

She has rejected all the allegations and her supporters say the charges against her are political.

Monday’s sentence includes two years in prison for violating Myanmar’s import and export law for possessing walkie-talkies, and one year for violating the communications law. The two sentences will run at the same time, the source told CNN.

Suu Kyi was also sentenced to two years for violating the natural disaster management law, which refers to breaking the coronavirus rules.

On December 7, a Zabuthiri court in the capital Naypyidaw initially sentenced Suu Kyi to four years in prison after being found guilty of incitement and two years after being found guilty of violating article 25 of the Management Act. Disaster, sources close to the trial said.

Later that day, the military reduced the sentence from four years to two years. The army also halved the four-year prison sentence of deposed Myanmar President Win Myint.

Myanmar’s military junta has tried to restrict information about the trials, which have been closed to the public. In October, a gag order was imposed on his legal team that prevented them from speaking to the media.


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