A Burmese court sentenced deputy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to four years in prison for inciting dissent against the military and failing to comply with anticovid restrictions, a board spokesperson told AFP.
Suu Kyi “was sentenced to two years in prison under section 505 (b) and two years in prison under the natural disaster law,” said Zaw Min Tun, a spokesman for the military junta that governs Burma.
Former President Win Myint was also sentenced to four years on the same charges, the spokesman said, clarifying that they would not yet be taken to prison.
“They will face other charges in the places where they remain now,” in the capital Naipyidó, he added without giving further details.
The sentence was condemned by the organization Amnesty International, which denounced an attempt by the junta to “stifle freedoms” by imprisoning Suu Kyi.
“The severe sentences inflicted on Aung San Suu Kyi for these false accusations are the latest example so far of the army’s determination to eliminate and stifle freedoms in Burma,” Amnesty said in a statement.
Suu Kyi, 76, has been in detention since the military deposed her government on February 1, ending a brief period of democracy in Burma.
Since then, the board has established a series of accusations against her, including violation of the official secrets law, corruption and electoral fraud.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner faces decades in prison if convicted on all charges.
In recent weeks, other members of the National League for Democracy, Suu Kyi’s party, have been sentenced to high prison terms.
A former minister was sentenced this month to 75 years in prison and a close friend of Suu Kyi will have to deduct 20 years in prison.
Journalists do not have access to the special court in the Burmese capital and Suu Kyi’s lawyers are prohibited from speaking to the press.
More than 1,300 people have died and more than 10,000 have been arrested in the crackdown on dissidents since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.
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