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Myanmar’s ousted leader Suu Kyi gets four-year jail term

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Published: 12:41, 6 December 2021   Update: 13:31, 6 December 2021
Myanmar’s ousted leader Suu Kyi gets four-year jail term

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Collected


Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi received a four-year jail term on Monday on charges of incitement and violations of a law on natural disasters, a source familiar with the proceedings said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said ousted President Win Myint got the same jail sentence in the first verdicts against the former leaders who were put on trial after the military seized power in a coup on Feb 1, Reuters reports.

Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total, all of which she has denied.

She has been under house arrest since February when the military launched a coup, toppling her elected civilian government and detaining leaders.

It is not clear when or if Suu Kyi will be placed in prison.

Co-defendant Win Myint, the former president and Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party ally, was also jailed on Monday for four years under the same charges.

The sentence has been widely condemned.

“The harsh sentences handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on these bogus charges are the latest example of the military's determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar,” said Amnesty deputy regional director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah in a statement.