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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to four more years in prison

DW, 10 Jan 2022
Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted of three criminal charges. She is on trial for nearly a dozen cases that carry maximum sentences of more than 100 years in prison.

A Myanmar court on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison.The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has faced an onslaught of legal charges since being detained on February 1 last year after her government was overthrown in an early morning coup by the army. The 76-year-old was given a two-year sentence for breaching the export-import law by importing and owning walkie-talkies, and one year for having a set of signal jammers. Both sentences will run concurrently. These charges stem from when her house was raided on the day of the coup. The court also handed down a further two-year sentence for breaching the natural disaster management law related to coronavirus rules while campaigning. Suu Kyi was convicted last month on two other charges — incitement and breaching COVID-19 restrictions — for which she was given four years in jail. The head of the country's military junta Min Aung Hlaing later halved that sentence and said she could serve her term under house arrest in the capital Naypyidaw. All the charges against her together carry a maximum sentence of more than 100 years. Her supporters say the charges against her are baseless and contrived to end her political career while legitimizing the military takeover.

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