Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced on Illegal Walkie Talkie Charge

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Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of several other charges last month.

A military court in Myanmar has found Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of three charges and sentenced her to four years in prison.

Myanmar’s civilian leader was detained when the military seized control of the country nearly a year ago. He was charged with nearly a dozen accusations that critics said were highly politically motivated.

He was sentenced to two years for possessing an illegal walkie-talkie and two years for violating coronavirus restrictions.

Aung San Suu Kyi is on trial in a closed court and could be sentenced to a total of more than 100 years in prison if she is found guilty of all charges against her. His lawyer was asked not to discuss his case last October.

Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted last month of “incitement” and violating the COVID-19 protocol and given a four-year prison sentence.

In December, state television reported that the punishment would be applied in place of Aung San Suu Kyi’s “current detention”. It is unclear where he is being held and whether a similar approach will be taken in Monday’s case.

The sentence came after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen visited Myanmar and met with Min Aung Hlaing in a visit that was strongly condemned by people in Myanmar and by civil society groups.

Hun Sen, who in this year replaced Brunei as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), did not meet Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi was not even mentioned by Hun Sen in a joint statement he delivered with coup leader Min Aung Hlaing after a visit on Sunday.

An ASEAN special envoy had earlier cancelled his visit to Myanmar because the generals refused to allow him to meet. The ban on visiting Myanmar led the organization to ban Min Aung Hlaing from attending its annual summit last year.

Myanmar’s generals have also come under fire from ASEAN over their refusal to follow the Five-Point Consensus agreed in April last year to resolve the country’s violent political crisis.

Aung San Suu Kyi spent years under house arrest under Myanmar’s previous military regime.

The military-drafted constitution setting the conditions for the country’s democratic reforms removed him from the presidency because she was married to a British citizen and her two children were British.

Min Aung Hlaing has sought to justify his coup by claiming fraud in the November 2020 election, aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party returning to power in a landslide. The electoral commission said there was no evidence of wrongdoing in the polls.

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