Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years | AP News

BREAKING: A legal official says a Myanmar court has sentenced the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison after finding her guilty of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions.

12/6/2021 9:13:00 AM

BREAKING: A legal official says a Myanmar court has sentenced the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison after finding her guilty of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions.

BANGKOK (AP) — A special court in Myanmar’s capital sentenced the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions, a legal official said.

The incitement case involved statements posted on her party’s Facebook page after she and other party leaders had already been detained by the military, while the coronavirus charge involved a campaign appearance ahead of elections in November last year which her party overwhelmingly won.

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The army, whose allied party lost many seats in the election, claimed massive voting fraud, but independent election observers did not detect any major irregularities.The court’s ruling was conveyed by a legal official who insisted on anonymity for fear of being punished by the authorities. Suu Kyi’s trials are closed to the media and spectators, and her lawyers, who had been the sole source of information on the proceedings, were served with gag orders in October forbidding them from releasing information.

The cases against Suu Kyi are widely seen as contrived to discredit her and keep her from running in the next election. The constitution bars anyone sent to prison after being convicted of a crime from holding high office or becoming a lawmaker.Opposition to military rule remains strong 10 months after the army’s takeover, and the verdict may inflame tensions even further.

There were protest marches on Sunday against the military government and calling for the release of Suu Kyi and other detained members of her government. An army truck deliberately sped into a march by about 30 young people in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, and at least three of the protesters may have been killed, according to unconfirmed reports.

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The verdicts in Suu Kyi’s first two cases, on incitement — for allegedly spreading false or inflammatory information that could disturb public order — and violating the Natural Disaster Management Law for allegedly breaching coronavirus restrictions, were supposed to be delivered last Tuesday. However, the court postponed its ruling with no explanation. At the same time, it agreed to allow testimony this week on a separate coronavirus charge from an additional defense witness who had previously been unable to attend court because of ill health.

Suu Kyi’s lawyers sought vigorously to have the incitement charge dismissed. The prosecution’s evidence consisted of statements posted on a Facebook page of Suu Kyi’s party. Defense lawyers argued that Suu Kyi and a co-defendant, former President Win Myint, could not be held responsible for the statements — which criticized the takeover and suggested in broad terms that it be resisted — because they were already in detention.

The former mayor of Naypyitaw, Myo Aung, was another defendant in the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a fine. Win Myint was sentenced to a total of four years and Myo Aung to two years.February’s seizure of power was met by nationwide nonviolent demonstrations, which security forces quashed with deadly force. They have killed about 1,300 civilians, according to a detailed tally compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

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With severe restrictions on nonviolent protest, armed resistance has grown in the cities and countryside, to the point that U.N. experts have warned the country is sliding into civil war.The military took Suu Kyi into custody on the day of its takeover, and she has not been seen in public since then, though she has appeared in court in several of her trials.

Judgment on Suu Kyi’s second count of violating coronavirus restrictions is scheduled for Dec. 14. The maximum penalty for each count is three years’ imprisonment and a fine.Other cases against Suu Kyi now being tried cover the alleged unregistered import and use of walkie-talkies by her security guards; violation of the Official Secrets Act, in which jailed Australian economist Sean Turnell is a co-defendant; and four separate corruption charges covering the alleged acceptance of a bribe and abuse of office to obtain favorable terms on property transactions. Each of the corruption charges has a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine.

A trial on a fifth corruption charge has not yet started, and state media last week announced a sixth charge has also been filed against Suu Kyi.The latest charge accuses her and Win Myint of corruption in granting permits to rent and buy a helicopter.

In mid-November, the military-appointed election commission announced it intended to prosecute Suu Kyi and 15 other senior political figures for alleged fraud in the last election, which could result in her party being dissolved.The military has declared it seized power because of widespread election fraud, a claim that independent election observers say lacks evidence.

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morgfair Nasty little cowards are always afraid of strong women and a free people. Nothing proves that more than what happened to Burma. Strength to you Ma'am. Excellent- she betrayed the trust of the World now let her rot in jail . Don't drop the soap! World's first long term imprisonment for Covid. Junta MinAungHlaing geriatrics are out of this world 🤣

Shame on the cowardly general for adopting to such cowardice in getting rid of democracy by unfair and shameful means. She deserved better. She should never see daylight again. A tragedy The West demonized Aung San Suu Kyi, and the military junta took advantage of it to marginalize her and Myanmar's fledgling democracy. Then they seized power. The West failed the people of Myanmar.

We have in Myanmar the kind of ruthless crocodiles that we have in Zimbabwe. We unreservedly condemn acts s of democratic sabotage in Myanmar and demand the safe release of that innocent lady by the murderous cabal in Myanmar. Muhammad Qasim has seen dreams many dreams about how Islam and Muslim ummah will rise again. How will this happen, and what needs to be done to get there? Many people claim he is the Imam Al-Mahdi.

She actively defended the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims. She is a criminal. She should have gotten more than 4 years but at least she was brought to justice! And how many years does she get for genocide? This is such a sad story. From winning the Nobel Peace Prize, then to this. Really sad. They couldn't bear democracy nonsense charge!

in memory of the rohingya's massacre FREEDOM FROM FEAR We don’t believe in INJUSTICE TerroristsJunta WhatsHappeningInMyanmar Dec6Coup The ruling against Aung San Suu Kyi is the first in a series of cases brought against the 76-year-old Nobel laureate since the army seized power in February, blocking her party from starting a second term in office.

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Have people not been paying enough attention to the entire story here? She’s no less corrupt than any general in Myanmar. It's just the beginning ... I hate Myanmar FREEDOM FROM FEAR We don’t believe in INJUSTICE Dec6Coup TerroristsJunta WhatsHappeningInMyanmar ReleaseTheDetainees morgfair Why can't Seal Team Six get her out of there? I don't think we're afraid of Myanmar's reprisals. Just do it.

As a state head she not only remained silent but also sided with same military, when Rohingya minorities were being killed by them 2-3 years ago. Now it's her turn, she will have to pay through nose. The chargers are ridiculous, but the sentence can be for her treatment of the Rohingya people Oh my gosh let that woman be at least now for god sake!!!

Extremely concerning for the future of Democracy (or lack thereof) in Myanmar, this is what happens when violent groups deny the results of a secure election and succeed at a violent takeover. no justice no truth no rule of law FreeDawAungSanSuKyi FreeOurPresidentUWinMyint FreeAllDetaineesInMyanmar Dec6Coup WhatsHappeningInMyanmar TerroristsJunta AcceptNUG_RejectMilitary

Nice What a joke! Meanwhile the generals and soldiers slaughter innocent civilians including children, rape women (even a woman who recently gave birth included), and conduct abusive & systemic torture across the country dating back to half a century. But they get a free pass! FREEDOM FROM FEAR Dec6Coup TerroristsJunta WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

She deserved it after all atrocities she had put the uighar muslims through WhatsHappeningInMyanmar TerroristsJunta Dec6Coup CrimesAgainstHumanity WarCrimesOfJunta TimInHonolulu Here we go again. FREEDOM FROM FEAR TerroristsJunta Dec6Coup WhatsHappeningInMyanmar gl0b0h0m0 is failing And yet America still hasn’t put Trump behind bars for the same damn thing.

I think we could use those laws here in this country. I can think of a couple states of which we'd have some governors in jail.

Now convict her for genocide This is just hogwash. But her human rights record is so bad, that nobody has the energy anymore to defend her against the Military Junta. They mean four years in prison for violating covid measure they have no resources to protect themselves against rape & abuse from prison staff. Why do put non-violent offenders in cages like animals to begin with? It’s a place meant for animals, violent criminals & sexual predators. Not financial opportunists & fraudsters.

I always find it strange & uncomfortable to see women get jail time. Maybe bc I know just how bad conditions are in jails. And women may face less risk of general violence than men, but more sexual violence. It makes me uncomfortable in general to see women locked in cages where I would not be surprised in the leat if the military is in bed with China. Given chinese devotion of military weapons to pakistan a military run country with the shade of civilian leadership, id wager they mean to make Myanmar their next friend in a new network of evil.

Eager to hear about the Ethiopian government officials sentenced. BS Where is Trump’s, DeSantis’ and Abbott’s indictment DOJP USAGov TheJusticeDept