Aung San Suu Kyi: Former Myanmar Leader Sentenced to Jail and Hard Labor

The Nobel Prize-winning figurehead of Myanmar’s opposition to decades of military rule was detained after a coup earlier last year and has already been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison. She denies all allegations against her.

On Friday, she was found guilty of fraud in the November 2020 general election, in which her National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in the legislature, defeating a party created by the powerful military.

The source, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said it was not clear what hard labor would entail. The same sentence was handed down to co-defendant Win Myint, the ousted president, the source said.

A spokesman for the ruling military council did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The junta said that due process was being followed against Suu Kyi.

The military seized power in February 2021 to prevent Suu Kyi’s NLD from forming a new government after an election they say had cases of fraud that were not properly investigated.

The NLD denies fraud and says it won fairly.

Suu Kyi, who turned 77 in June, has been on trial for more than a year on charges ranging from corruption and incitement to leaking official secrets, for which the combined maximum sentence is more than 190 years.
Her trials took place behind closed doors in the capital, Naypyidaw, and the junta’s statements in the case were limited. Suu Kyi’s lawyers were banned from disclosing information.

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