Burma Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to four more years in prison

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A source familiar with the case told AFP the 76-year-old was convicted of two counts relating to the illegal importation and possession of walkie-talkies and one of the offense to the rules of the coronavirus.

The walkie-talkie charges stem from soldiers raiding his house on the day of the coup, allegedly uncovering the contraband material.

Monday’s sentence comes in addition to court sentences handed down in December when she was jailed for four years for incitement and violating COVID-19 rules during a campaign.

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing reduced the sentence to two years and said she could serve her sentence under house arrest in the capital Naypyidaw.

“Fear tactic”

The December decision drew international condemnation and the Burmese public reverted to the old protest tactics of hitting pots and pans in anger.

Ahead of the verdict, Manny Maung, a Human Rights Watch researcher, said further convictions would worsen discontent nationwide.

“The announcement of her latest conviction has sparked one of the most intense days of social media interaction from inside Myanmar and has deeply angered the public,” she told the AFP.

“The military is calculating this (the cases) as a scare tactic, but it only serves to direct the public anger more.”

The Nobel laureate has been detained since February 1, when her government was ousted in a morning coup.

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Journalists were barred from attending the hearings and Suu Kyi’s lawyers were muzzled from speaking to the media.

Under a previous junta rule, Suu Kyi spent long periods under house arrest at the family mansion in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

Today, she is confined to an undisclosed location in the capital, her connection to the outside world limited to brief pre-trial meetings with her lawyers.

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In addition to Monday’s cases, she also faces multiple counts of corruption – each punishable by 15 years in prison – and violating the Official Secrets Act.

In November, she and 15 other officials, including Myanmar’s President Win Myint, were also charged with alleged electoral fraud in the 2020 elections.

His National League for Democracy party swept the polls into a landslide, beating a military-aligned party by a wider margin than in previous elections in 2015.

Since the coup, many of his political allies have been arrested, a chief minister has been sentenced to 75 years in prison, while others are in hiding.

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