FILE PHOTO: Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar attends the joint press conference of the Japan-Mekong Summit Meeting at the Akasaka Palace Guest House in Tokyo, Japan October 9, 2018. Franck Robichon / Pool via Reuters
Dec 6 (Reuters) – Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was jailed for four years on Monday on charges of incitement and violation of coronavirus restrictions, said a source familiar with the process, in a case that critics They have called it a farce.
President Win Myint was also sentenced to four years in prison, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as the court delivered its first verdicts against civilian leaders detained in the February 1 military coup.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup against the democratically elected government of Suu Kyi sparked widespread protests and raised international concern over the stalling of timid political reforms launched after decades of military rule.
“ILLEGAL TAKING OF POWER”
The international community has condemned the violence in Myanmar since the coup, and Western states have demanded the release of Suu Kyi.
The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights group said no one has been fooled by the outcome of the trial.
“Since the day of the coup, it has become clear that the charges against Aung San Suu Kyi and the dozens of other detained parliamentarians have been nothing more than an excuse by the junta to justify their illegal takeover of power,” he said in a statement.
(Written by Martin Petty, Ed Davies and Robert Birsel; edited by John Geddie and Simon Cameron-Moore; translated by Flora Gómez)