Suu Kyi, 76 were sentenced to two years in prison for each of the charges presented, a spokesman for the junta Za Min Tun told AFP. Several other proceedings are pending against the leader of the Burmese opposition, in which she is accused of, inter alia, for election fraud, corruption, illegal possession of walkie-talkies and violation of state secrets. For all these charges, Suu Kyi faces decades in prison.
U Win Myint, who was Burmese president until the coup, was also sentenced to four years in prison. A spokesman for the junta said that opposition politicians would not be imprisoned for the time being, and that they would remain in house arrests, in which they had been held since the coup, until further charges were examined.
Both Suu Kyi and Wien Myint and other accused members of the former government consistently plead not guilty – reminds the AP agency.
The military seized power in Burma on February 1 this year. Many members of the overthrown democratic government of the National League for Democracy (NLD) were arrested. Since then, Burma has been plunged into chaos, and law enforcement has brutally suppressed mass protests against the coup. According to local NGOs, the army and the police have killed over 1,300 people since the coup. people, and over 10 thousand. were arrested for political reasons. The junta contradicts these calculations.
“The severe sentence against Suu Kyi on the basis of bogus charges is the latest example of the military regime’s determination to the elimination of all opposition voices and the suppression of freedom in Burma “ – commented on the Amnesty International verdict.