Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to seven more years in prison, for a total of 33 years
Steph Deschamps / December 30, 2022
Burma's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced by a junta court to an additional seven years in prison for corruption in the latest installment of her show trial, a judicial source told AFP on Friday.
The notorious 77-year-old opponent is to spend a total of 33 years behind bars, after an 18-month closed-door trial described as political by human rights activists.
The last five charges against her were heard on Monday. They related to the rental of a helicopter by a minister in her government. Ms. Suu Kyi was accused of not following the rules and causing "a loss to the state. The seven years are in addition to the 26 years in prison the Burmese opposition leader has already been sentenced to on 14 charges, ranging from bribery to illegal possession of walkie-talkies to failure to comply with Covid-19 health measures. The 1991 Nobel laureate saw her government overthrown by the military in February 2021, a coup that ended a brief period of democracy in the Southeast Asian country.