Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi given three more years for ‘election fraud’

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According to a report, a military-run court in Myanmar sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional three years in prison for alleged election fraud.

The former head of state of the nation, Ms. Suu Kyi, has already received a 20-year prison term on 11 counts, though more are still pending.

All of the claims against her are false, and rights organisations have denounced the proceedings as being politically motivated.

She may spend nearly 200 years behind bars if she is found guilty of all charges.

Her attorneys claimed that the revised sentence included hard labour. The 76-year-old Nobel laureate has spent the majority of her time in house arrest in Nay Pyi Taw, the nation’s capital.

The military has forbidden her lawyers from speaking to journalists, and the public and media have been denied access to the closed-door proceedings.

She was found guilty of fraud in the general election of November 2020, which her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won handily.

Although independent election observers stated the result was “reflective of the will of the people,” the army launched a coup last year after alleging there had been widespread voter fraud.

The legal procedures against Ms. Suu Kyi and others have been called a farce by civil rights and democratic groups. According to the UN, her trial is a “sham.” According to Myanmar’s military government, Ms. Suu Kyi’s trials are a legitimate component of the judicial system.

Since the military violently took over in February, there have been numerous protests, which have led the military of Myanmar to repress journalists, activists, and protestors who support democracy.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, more than 15,000 people, including many members of Ms. Suu Kyi’s party, have been detained by the junta since they took over. Of those, 12,000 are still behind bars.