Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar court sentences former leader to 6 more years in prison, source says

The latest verdict in a series of secret trials against the Nobel laureate raises her total prison sentence to 17 years after the UN special envoy for Myanmar visited the country on Monday to discuss the “deteriorating (rights) situation.”

Suu Kyi, who turned 77 in June, has previously been convicted of a host of crimes, from bribery to election fraud.

On Monday, she was found guilty of misappropriating charity funds and renting public land at reduced prices. according to a CNN source.

Suu Kyi is being held in solitary confinement in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw and denies all charges against her.
International human rights groups and world leaders have expressed concern over Myanmar’s deteriorating human rights record and dismissed Suu Kyi’s ongoing trials as “unfair and unfair”.

“The unfair conviction and sentencing by Myanmar’s military junta, Aung San Suu Kyi, is part of its methodical assault on human rights across the country,” Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) Asia Acting Director, said on Monday.

“The willingness of the military to forcibly disappear a high-ranking civilian leader of the country is indicative of the brutality faced by lesser-known political prisoners,” Pearson said.

Meanwhile, UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Noeleen Heizer traveled to Myanmar on Monday to discuss the “deteriorating situation and pressing issues,” the UN said in a statement.

“The Special Envoy’s visit follows her extensive consultations with representatives from across the political spectrum, civil society, and communities affected by the ongoing conflict,” says in the statement.

Irene Nasser of CNN and Richard Roth contributed to the report.

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