Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar's deposed leader receives four-year jail sentence

The 76-year-old has been charged with a range of offences including corruption, possessing unregistered walkie-talkies, and violating the official secrets act.

12/6/2021 9:19:00 AM

BREAKING: Former Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison on charges of corruption and incitement. Sky’s SiobhanRobbins has the latest. Read more:

The 76-year-old has been charged with a range of offences including corruption, possessing unregistered walkie-talkies, and violating the official secrets act.

Journalists are barred from entering the court and Ms Suu Kyi's lawyers have been banned from speaking to the press.Supporters of Ms Suu Kyi claim the charges are bogus and an attempt to block her from returning to power.Image:Many thousands of people in Myanmar have protested against military rule

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Richard Horsey, an expert at International Crisis Group told Sky News"This is the first of many charges against Aung San Suu Kyi to be heard."This is not a legal process, it is retribution against Aung San Suu Kyi - basically, Min Aung Hlaing flexing his muscles."

Amnesty International's deputy regional director for campaigns, Ming Yu Hah, said:"The harsh sentences handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on these bogus charges are the latest example of the military's determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar. headtopics.com

"The court's farcical and corrupt decision is part of a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishment that has seen more than 1,300 people killed and thousands arrested since the military coup in February."There are many detainees without the profile of Aung San Suu Kyi who currently face the terrifying prospect of years behind bars simply for peacefully exercising their human rights. They must not be forgotten and left to their fate.

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"As violence escalates, displacing tens of thousands of people and setting up a humanitarian crisis in the middle of an ongoing pandemic, the situation in Myanmar today is alarming in the extreme. Without a decisive, unified and swift international response this can and will get worse."

At the time of publication, the military spokesperson couldn't be reached for comment but has previously said Ms Suu Kyi would be afforded due process by an independent judiciary.Ms Suu Kyi's popular National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a resounding victory in a general election in November 2020.

The military later alleged the victory was a result of election fraud and claimed it needed to take over the running of the country, overthrowing the democratically elected government.More than 10,000 people have been arrested since the coup and more than 1,300 have been killed, according to figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma (AAPPB). headtopics.com

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Many of the dead were shot by security forces as they took part in pro-democracy protests.On Sunday, it was reported that five people died and at least 15 people were arrested after junta forces rammed a car into anti-coup protestors in Yangon.The UN, UK and US are among those to have repeatedly condemned the ongoing violence and called for the immediate release of political prisoners.

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