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Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

Myanmar junta court jails Suu Kyi for six years for corruption

MYANMAR: A Myanmar junta court jailed Aung San Suu Kyi for six years for corruption yesterday (Aug 15), a source close to the case said, taking the ousted leader’s prison time to 17 years.


Tuesday 16 August 2022, 08:55AM

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

Suu Kyi, 77, has been detained since the generals toppled her government in a coup on Feb 1 of last year, ending the Southeast Asian country’s brief period of democracy.

She has since been hit with a series of charges, including violating the official secrets act, corruption and electoral fraud. She faces decades in jail if convicted on all counts.

Suu Kyi was sentenced to “six years imprisonment under four anti-corruption charges”, said the source, who requested anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Each charge carried a maximum of 15 years in jail. Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years for each, but three of the sentences would be served concurrently, the source said.

She appeared in good health and did not make any statement following the sentencing, they added.

A junta spokesman could not be reached for comment.

The Nobel laureate had already been sentenced to 11 years in jail for corruption, incitement against the military, breaching COVID-19 rules and breaking a telecommunications law.

Journalists have been barred from attending the court hearings and Suu Kyi’s lawyers have been banned from speaking to the media.

The United States slammed the latest sentencing as an “affront to justice and the rule of law”.

“We call on the regime to immediately release Aung San Suu Kyi and all those unjustly detained, including other democratically elected officials,” a State Department spokesperson said.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell condemned the sentencing as “unjust” and called for Suu Kyi’s immediate release.

The coup sparked widespread protests and unrest, and renewed fighting with established ethnic rebel groups.

Dozens of “People’s Defence Forces” have also sprung up to fight the junta and have surprised the military with their effectiveness, analysts say.

According to a local monitoring group, the crackdown has left more than 2,000 civilians dead and seen some 17,000 arrested.

“The junta’s fabricated trials, torture of detainees, and execution of activists highlights its broader disregard for the lives of Myanmar’s people,” said Human Rights Watch in a statement which slammed Suu Kyi’s conviction as “unjust”.

Erase the past’

Suu Kyi has been the face of Myanmar’s democratic hopes for more than 30 years, but her earlier 11-year sentence already meant she was likely to miss elections the junta says it plans to hold by next year.

“Immune from domestic and international outrage, the punishment trials against Suu Kyi and her supporters are designed to erase the democratic past,” independent Myanmar analyst David Mathieson told AFP.

“Their intent is clear to everyone it seems, everyone but the international community.”

In June, Suu Kyi was transferred from house arrest to a prison in the capital Naypyidaw, where her trial continues in a courthouse inside the prison compound.

She remains confined to the jail, with her link to the outside world limited to brief pre-trial meetings with lawyers.

Many of her political allies have also been arrested since the coup, with one chief minister sentenced to 75 years in jail.

Last month, the junta stoked renewed international condemnation when it executed Phyo Zeya Thaw, a former lawmaker from her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, for offences under anti-terrorism laws.

Suu Kyi learned of the execution at a pre-trial hearing, a source with knowledge of the matter said, but has yet to speak on the matter.

The junta says it seized power following massive fraud during 2020 elections in which the NLD trounced a military-backed party.

International observers said the elections were largely free and fair.

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christysweet | 17 August 2022 - 22:23:04

I maintain TPN comment section  would be better served if comments that only seek to disparage other commentators are not approved. Sure, I diss sex oriented expats for exploiting locals, but I'm not calling them out by name  here. (Some do that well enough on their own.) 

GerryT81 | 17 August 2022 - 17:31:49

@ChristySweet   I don't think you are in a position to call the PN for any non-approval ! Your constant categorizing of males coming to Thailand or expats living here is so biased. Actually it's you who keeps trolling the comment section with that or with repeating lame stories you encountered here. Compared to the BP comment section, I don't see any detrimental posts here.

GerryT81 | 17 August 2022 - 17:07:32

before coming up with any kind of advices regarding local problems. Or try to get your own problems under control first. Have a nice day !

GerryT81 | 17 August 2022 - 17:01:26

here -like you- and after a while they want everyone/everything  to change the way you/they want it. You should really start to leave your snail house and explore/accept things you are not familiar with. Better than sticking your nose all the time in something that's not your business. I ask myself if you even can speak basic Thai after living many years here. Something I would expect at least...

GerryT81 | 17 August 2022 - 16:50:03

No Kurt, I'm not brainwashed. I call myself open minded. I do respect those who respect me and I especially respect my host country. I do not openly criticize everything all day,every day. I learned to adapt to new lifestyles and challenges. I do not have to like everything here but I do not whinge about everything that differs to much from my home country. It always amazes me that people move...

Kurt | 17 August 2022 - 14:51:28

And Gerry,  Myanmar has a junta, Thailand has a junta. Both are 'disturbed' by corruption, misinformation. etc. So many examples throughout the years. RTP,  Immigration, schooling/education. Just derailing attention with help of TAT, regular regimental Merit doings, cultivating class society. Something younger generations not stand for anymore. Desperately defended by old  guard. 

Kurt | 17 August 2022 - 14:21:35

The always unimaginative parotting: "If you don't like it here, move somewhere else". Like me tell you all at once, I like it here, so don't waist your typing space about it over and over. Comments/critics/ suggestions are mend as positive contributie to Thai society. If people not understand that and are sensetive to drumming on  smearing "dislike", well, than they mis...

Kurt | 17 August 2022 - 14:07:08

GerryT81, seems you a bit brainwashed already by continues Dek's insinuations. I am not 'against' Thai people, in contrary. I am against corruption, xenophobia, law violations and the way the few %% Sino-Thai Hiso's under false flag take advantage of their 'brothers and sisters, and keep them under control by keeping up class society. They not even hide it since 2014. 

christysweet | 17 August 2022 - 11:54:17

Ahh the ol "if you don't like it, move.." weakest tactic of debate,  ever.  Seems to me it's the same 3 names that continuously degrade the same person. Please TPN,  stop approving  those posts.  

GerryT81 | 17 August 2022 - 10:54:32

 more than obvious.  And comparing the junta in Myanmar with the government here is extremely stupid. Of course they  would throw anything against Suu Kyi to punish her. And Timothy , you may heard this many times : If one doesn't like it here , move somewhere else. Easy ! 
@ Dek      Keep going !

GerryT81 | 17 August 2022 - 10:46:38

Timothy , did you ever ask yourself why a certain person is the subject of many responses to his comments , not only made by Dek ? Endless comments and a shown arrogance towards the people here is the real useless BS. I 'm not saying that person is always wrong with his comments , but the "dislike" as Dek calls it ,is more than 

christysweet | 17 August 2022 - 10:26:31

Barely a blip  in the news. Auntie Suu  used up her massive international political clout when she failed to speak out against atrocities against Rohingya people. See where it got her?  Always speak up when you witness wrongs. 

christysweet | 17 August 2022 - 10:22:52

Agree that troll comments are detrimental to this forum. A couple of years back TPN  instilled a policy of not posting trash comments bellittling others- can we get back to that please? 

Timothy | 17 August 2022 - 08:28:20

Dek you hijack every single comment made by Kurt to spout your useless BS. Give it a rest already! Try making a comment on an actual article yourself once in a while....if you are able to think of something on your own that is...

Kurt | 16 August 2022 - 18:45:16

Dek should stop his continuing uninmaginative selective anti-Kurt hatred ventilation. Kurt likes Thailand,but dislike the corruption. Immigration: in de past airport fast lane, B100. Asking for free documents B300, Business with agents, B5000 for not seeing visa applicant as dictated by immigration law. RTP,don't like to start a crime report check unless first money under the table. More examp...

DeKaaskopp | 16 August 2022 - 14:27:09

@Kurt     I thought this article is about Myanmar/Suu Kyi . Now you want to start to "hijack' every international news article in order to show your dislike of Thailand ? Pathetic.  

Kurt | 16 August 2022 - 12:25:39

Lucky Officialdom here that Thailand has no culture of punishing corruption. Unless it is done to stupid openly, than government must punish in order to safe/keep up face.


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