Aung San Suu Kyi in 2018, during an Asean summit in Sydney. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has just been sentenced by the Burmese junta to four years for inciting public unrest. (Mark Metcalfe / AFP)
A Burmese court on Monday sentenced former civilian government chief Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison for inciting public unrest and violating Covid-related health rules. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, overthrown by the military in February, “was sentenced to two years in prison under section 505 (b) and to two years in prison under the law on natural disasters, ”said Zaw Min Tun. She is being prosecuted for 12 counts, including 6 for corruption.
Under house arrest since her dawn arrest on February 1, 76-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi has been tried since June for a multitude of offenses – illegal importation of walkie-talkies, sedition, corruption, incitement to public unrestâ ?? ¦ The Nobel Peace Prize winner was also charged with violating the rules on restrictions against the Covid-19 and, in mid-November, the junta had added prosecutions for “electoral fraud”. If found guilty on all counts, she could face a sentence of up to 116 years in prison.
The media were not allowed to attend his trial, behind closed doors, before a special court in Naypyidaw, the capital. The junta also banned its legal team from speaking to the press and international organizations. At the end of October, Win Htein, a close associate of 80-year-old Suu Kyi, was sentenced to 20 years in detention for treason.
The February coup put an end to a decade of democratic transition. Since then, the soldiers have led a bloody crackdown on their opponents with more than 1,250 civilians killed and nearly 7,300 in detention, according to a local NGO, the Association dâ € ™? assistance to political prisoners (AAPP). She reported cases of torture, rape and extrajudicial executions. Last year.