Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to three additional years in prison for electoral fraud

Aung San Suu Kyi, already sentenced to 17 years in prison, receives an additional three years in prison. The former Burmese leader “was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment with hard labor” for electoral fraud in the 2020 election, which his party largely won, a source familiar with the matter told AFP on Friday September 2.

The source said the 77-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner appeared in court in good health.

Ex-leader faces decades in prison

Charged with a multitude of offenses by the junta in power since the February 2021 coup, she has already been sentenced to 17 years in prison, in particular for several acts of corruption and has been placed in solitary confinement in a Naypyidaw prison, end of June. She faces decades in prison at the end of her river trial, which began more than a year ago. The latter is held behind closed doors, his lawyers being prohibited from speaking to the press and international organizations.

The junta, which promises a new ballot for the summer of 2023, assured in August that it was ready to open negotiations with Aung San Suu Kyi once her trial is over. The army justified its putsch by claiming to have discovered more than 11 million irregularities during the legislative elections of November 2020, won massively by the National League for Democracy (LND). International observers, for their part, qualified this election at the time as “globally free and fair”.

The putsch plunged the country into chaos. Nearly 2,100 civilians were killed by security forces and more than 15,000 arrested, according to a local NGO.

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