Aung San Suu Kyi and Sean Turnell sentenced to three years in prison for violating privacy law
The 76-year-old Nobel laureate faces several criminal cases, including election fraud
1,800 people were killed in coups in the country, while more than ten thousand were arrested
naypyidaw, A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Thursday sentenced leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for a year, and her former Australian economic adviser Sean Turnell to three years in prison. According to a report by the Reuters news agency, Aung San Suu Kyi and Sean Turnell have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. However, both had asked not to plead guilty.
The report said Suu Kyi and several members of her economic team were convicted of the same crime, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. Thousands of people including politicians, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, students and journalists have been arrested, including Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi after the military seized power in a coup in the country.
11 years of sentence have already been received
The 76-year-old Nobel laureate had previously been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a military-run court for several criminal offenses including election fraud. Suu Kyi still faces 10 other corruption charges, each carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years. There are also allegations of voter fraud and violation of the Official Secrets Act. His supporters say the junta regime increased the charges to sentence Suu Kyi, seen as a symbol of democracy in Myanmar, to life imprisonment.
If convicted on all counts, Suu Kyi would face a prison sentence of over 190 years. According to the Political Prisoners Assistance Association (Burma), during the coup in the country, about 1,800 people were killed and more than ten thousand people were detained as part of the army crackdown against discontent.
Tags: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma
FIRST POST: September 29, 2022, 11:15 a.m. HST