A court in Myanmar has convicted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison for encouraging unrest against the military and breaking COVID guidelines. Previously, the court was scheduled to issue its decision on Tuesday. However, the court procedures were postponed because another witness was permitted to testify.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Laureate, is also on trial for a variety of accusations, including corruption. He was sentenced today for encouraging anti-army dissent and breaking the Kovid guidelines.
The army claims that voting was rigged
Suu Kyi’s cases are widely viewed as a plot to discredit her and prevent her from running in the next election. After serving a prison sentence, the country’s constitution bars someone from holding a high office or becoming an MP-MLA. Suu Kyi’s party gained an outright victory in Myanmar’s elections in November, but the army-affiliated party was defeated in some seats. The army then claimed that the elections were rigged, although independent election observers found no major abnormalities during the probe.
1300 civilians killed as a result of security forces’ actions
Suu Kyi’s popularity has not waned, and she is still seen as a symbol of the anti-military campaign. The army’s seizure of power sparked a widespread uprising, which was brutally suppressed by security forces. According to the “Assistance Association for Political Prisoners,” over 1300 citizens died as a result of security forces’ actions.
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