Myanmar court sentences nobel laureate Suu Kyi to prison

YANGON: A court in Myanmar sentenced Nobel Laureate and politician Aung San Suu Kyi to six years in prison on corruption charges, on Monday.

The 77 year-old politician was detained after her government was overthrown by a military coup on February 1 last year, replacing democracy with authoritarian rule.

Since Kyi’s ouster, the new military regime has prepared a long list of charges against her, accusing the politician of violating the official secrets act, corruption and electoral fraud. Aung San Suu Kyi is likely to face a life-time prison sentence in case she is found guilty of all these charges.

She appeared before the court in good health and refrained from making any statement regarding her prison sentence announced by the court.

The politician is already facing 11-years in prison on various charges, with numerous other cases against her still in pending.

As is expected of a typical authoritarian regime, journalists were not allowed to enter the courtroom for Kyi’s hearing. Moreover, her lawyers have also been barred from speaking about the matter to the media.

As the military regime took over the government last year, protests broke out across the country which the new authoritarian regime chose to deal with by force.

According to details, the military regime’s crackdown against protesting citizens has left 2,000 civilians dead, meanwhile almost 17,000 people have been detained/arrested.

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