Myanmar court sentences Suu Kyi to further corruption allegations

Bangkok: A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday convicted the country’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on further corruption charges and sentenced him to an additional six years in prison, a judicial official said.

The trial took place behind closed doors, with no access to the media or the public, and her lawyers were barred by a gag order from revealing any information about the trial.

Former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces another sentence.

Former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces another sentence.Recognition:AP

In the four corruption cases decided on Monday, the 77-year-old Nobel Prize winner is said to have abused her position to rent public land below the market price and to have built a house for charity with donations.

She received sentences of three years for each of the four counts, but the sentences for three of them are being served at the same time, giving her a total of six more years in prison.

She denied the allegations and her lawyers should appeal.

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Suu Kyi was previously sentenced to 11 years in prison on sedition, corruption and other charges after the military overthrew her elected government and arrested her in February 2021.

Tens of thousands of people have been imprisoned and many tortured, beaten or killed in what the United Nations has described as crimes against humanity.

The international community has imposed sanctions on the military and dismissed Suu Kyi’s secret trials as farce.

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