Myanmar Junta Court Sentences Suu Kyi to 5 Years for Alleged Corruption

The Myanmar junta court has sentenced the country’s former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, to five years in prison on Wednesday, the first verdict among several corruption charges filed against her.

Suu Kyi had denied during the trial that she had accepted gold and hundreds of thousands of dollars given her as a bribe by a top political colleague.

Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in other cases and faces ten more corruption charges. 

“These charges will not have credibility other than in the eyes of the junta’s stacked courts (and the military’s supporters),” said Moe Thuzar, a fellow at the Yusof Ishak Institute, a Southeast Asian studies center in Singapore. 

“Even if there were any legitimate concerns or complaints about corruption by any member of an elected government, a coup and enforced military rule is certainly not the way to pursue such concerns,” Thuzar added.

Under the Myanmar Anti-Corruption Act, the maximum punishment is 15 years in prison and a fine. 

Suu Kyi’s convictions in the other cases could bring sentences of more than 100 years in prison in total.

The announcement of the verdict on Wednesday came from a legal official who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to release such information, reports said.

Suu Kyi’s trial was closed to the media, diplomats, and spectators, and her lawyers were barred from speaking to the press.

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