Myanmar court extends ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s sentence by 4 years

Bangkok A Myanmar court on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison for illegally importing, possessing and violating walkie-talkies. Corona virus Sanctions, a legal official said.

Thought He was convicted last month on two other charges. And sentenced to four years in prison, which was later halved by the head of the military government.

The lawsuits are part of a dozen lawsuits filed against the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate since the military seized power last February, ousted her elected government and ousted members of her National League for Democracy party. Arrested members.

If convicted on all charges, he could face up to 100 years in prison.

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has resigned from the International Court of Justice on December 10, 2019, following the first day of a three-day trial in The Hague, Netherlands. He was sentenced to one more year in prison for illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating Corona virus restrictions, a legal official familiar with the cases said.

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Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

Monday’s ruling in a court in the capital, Nairobi, was pronounced by a legal official who insisted on condition of anonymity because of fears of repercussions from authorities who have banned the release of information about the Sochi trial.

He was sentenced to two years in prison under the Export Import Act and one year under the Telecommunications Act for importing walkie-talkies, he said. Sentences will be handed down simultaneously. He was also sentenced to two years in prison under the Natural Disaster Management Act for allegedly violating coronavirus laws during the campaign.

Sochi was convicted last month on two other charges – incitement and violating the COVID-19 ban – and sentenced to four years in prison. Hours after the sentence was handed down, the military-appointed head of government, Senior General Man Aung Hlaing, cut it in half.

Sochi’s party won a landslide victory in the 2020 general election, but the military has claimed widespread electoral fraud, claiming that independent observers are skeptical.

Since her first conviction, Sochi has been attending court hearings in prison attire – a white top and a gray long skirt provided by authorities. She is being held at an undisclosed location by the military, where state television reported last month that she would serve her sentence.

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The hearings are closed to the media and spectators, and the prosecution does not comment. His lawyers, who were the source of information about the proceedings, were presented with gag orders in October.

The military government has not allowed any outsiders to meet with them since taking power, despite international pressure to negotiate with them, including to ease the country’s violent political crisis. ۔

It will not allow the special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Myanmar is a member, to meet. The refusal was met with a rare rebuke from fellow members who prevented Man Aung Hlaing from attending its annual summit.

Even Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who took over the leadership of the regional group this year and advocated engagement with the ruling generals, failed to meet him last week when he visited Myanmar after the military occupation. Became the first head of government to do so.

According to a detailed list compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the military’s seizure of power was quickly accomplished through nationwide non-violent demonstrations, which were thwarted by security forces with deadly force, including 1,400. More than a dozen civilians were killed.

Peaceful protests continue, but in the midst of a sharp crackdown, armed resistance has also increased, with UN experts warning that the country could be heading for civil war.

The courtroom for the covert proceedings on false allegations by the Myanmar people is about a series of further sentences against Aung San Suu Kyi, the circus judge, to keep her in jail indefinitely. Human Rights Watch Asia Deputy Director Phil Robertson said the biggest political threat needed to be permanently neutralized.

Robertson said in a statement: “Once again, Aung San Suu Kyi has become a symbol of what is happening to her country and she has returned to the role of political hostage to the military hell of threats and violence. Is frying to control the power using. ” “Fortunately for her and Myanmar’s future, the Myanmar people’s movement has moved beyond the leadership of just one woman and one political party.”

Immediately after the military takeover, Sochi was accused of improperly importing walkie-talkies, which provided the initial justification for their continued detention. A second charge of illegal possession of radio was filed the following month.

The radios were confiscated during a search of the entrance to his residence and the barracks of his bodyguards on February 1, the day he was arrested.

Sochi’s lawyers argued that the radios were not in his personal possession and were used legally to protect him, but the court refused to dismiss the allegations.

He was charged with two counts of violating Corona virus during the 2020 election campaign. She was found guilty in the first count last month.

He is also facing five corruption cases in the same court. The maximum penalty for each count is 15 years imprisonment and a fine. A sixth allegation of corruption against him and ousted President Onemint in connection with the charter and purchase of helicopters has not yet been heard.

In separate cases, he has been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

Myanmar’s election commission has filed additional charges against Sochi and 15 other politicians for allegedly rigging the November 2020 elections. Allegations by the military-backed Union Election Commission could lead to the dissolution of Sochi’s party and its inability to run in the new election, which the military has promised will take place within two years of taking office. Will be.