Burmese Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced Monday by a military court to six years in prison for corruption. This sentence comes on top of a previous one of 11 years.
Aung San (77), Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1996, was found guilty of corruption during her trial, which has been held behind closed doors for more than a year in a prison in the capital Naypyidaw. She was elected in March 2016 and then in November 2020, before being ousted by the military coup of February 1, 2021. She was then detained at the end of June 2021.
She faces decades in prison on several counts, including violation of a colonial-era state secrets law, electoral fraud, sedition and corruption.
At the end of April, she had been sentenced to five years in prison under the anti-corruption law. He was accused of having received 600,000 dollars and more than 11 kilos of gold in bribes from the former minister in charge of the Yangon region.
Citing electoral fraud in the November 2020 poll, won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the military junta overthrew the civilian government in February 2021. According to a local NGO, some 2,100 civilians died and 15,000 were arrested in this blow.