The judgment of Aung San Suu Kyi by a Burmese court fell on Monday. The former head of the civilian government was sentenced to four years in prison for inciting public disturbances and violating health rules related to Covid-19. “Two years in prison under section 505 (b) and two years in prison under the Natural Disasters Act,” said Zaw Min Tun, a junta spokesman.
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.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s sentence could increase
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been detained since the generals toppled her government in the early hours of February 1, 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. The 76-year-old faces decades in prison if convicted on all counts.
“Axphyxiate freedoms in Burma”
“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 stifle freedoms in Burma”, reacted immediately. Amnesty International in a press release.
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. 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.