The leader deposed in the military coup promoted by the military in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced today (10) to four more years in prison, in a trial that could result in decades of imprisonment.
The 76-year-old former leader of Myanmar (former Burma), who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has been under house arrest since the February 1, 2021 military coup. Among other things, she was found guilty of the import illegal of walkie-talkies.
Aung San Suu Kyi had been sentenced in December to four years in prison for violating restrictions to contain covid-19, a sentence later reduced to two years by the ruling generals. She has been serving her first sentence, incommunicado, for almost a year.
A spokesman for the military junta, Major General Zaw Min Tun, said Suu Kyi would remain under house arrest while she was tried.
The new indictment “risks to further irritate the Burmese people,” said Manny Maung of the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch.
“The military is using this fear tactic to arbitrarily keep it detained and out of the political arena,” he added.
*With information from RTP – Radio and Television of Portugal