THE’former head of the civilian government, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced, Monday, December 6, to four years in prison for inciting public disturbance and violation of health rules related to Covid-19 by a Burmese court, a spokesperson reported of the junta. Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was overthrown by the military in February, “was sentenced to two years in prison under section 505 (b) and two years in prison under the Disaster Act natural, ”said Zaw Min Tun.
Former President Win Myint was given the same sentence, he said, adding that they would not be taken to jail for the time being. “They will have to face other charges from the places where they are currently staying” in the capital Naypyidaw, he added, without giving further details.
She faces decades in prison
76-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since generals overthrew her government in the early hours of 1er February, thus ending a brief democratic parenthesis in Burma. The junta has regularly piled up the charges against it, including violation of the law on official secrets, corruption and electoral fraud. She faces decades in prison if convicted on all counts.
Journalists are prohibited from attending special court proceedings in the military-built capital, and Suu Kyi’s lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the media. “The heavy sentences imposed on Aung San Suu Kyi on the basis of these bogus accusations are the latest example of the army’s determination to eliminate all opposition and to extinguish freedoms in Burma,” Amnesty International said. the NGO for the defense of rights, in a press release, Monday, December 6.
According to a local rights-based NGO, more than 1,300 people have been killed and more than 10,000 arrested as part of the crackdown on dissent since the coup.