A court docket in army-run Myanmar has sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation’s deposed former chief and Nobel Peace Prize winner, to 3 further years in jail for corruption, a supply acquainted with the case advised CNN, extending her whole jail time period to 26 years.
Wednesday’s verdict is the most recent in a string of punishments meted out in opposition to the 77-yr-previous, a figurehead of opposition to many years of army rule who led Myanmar for 5 years earlier than being pressured from energy in a coup in early 2021.
Suu Kyi was discovered responsible of receiving $500,000 in bribes from an area tycoon, a cost she denied, in keeping with the supply. Her attorneys have mentioned the collection of crimes leveled in opposition to her are politically motivated.
Suu Kyi is at the moment being held in solitary confinement at a jail within the capital Naypyidaw.
Last month, Suu Kyi was discovered responsible of electoral fraud and sentenced to 3 years in jail with exhausting labor, in a trial associated to the November 2020 basic election that her National League for Democracy received in a landslide, defeating a celebration created by the army.
It was the primary time Suu Kyi had been sentenced to exhausting labor because the 2021 army coup. She was given the identical punishment in a separate trial below a earlier administration in 2009 however that sentence was commuted.
Suu Kyi has additionally beforehand been discovered responsible of offenses starting from graft to election violations.
Rights teams have repeatedly expressed issues concerning the punishment of professional-democracy activists within the nation because the army seized energy.
Last week, a army court docket in Myanmar sentenced a Japanese journalist to 10 years in jail for sedition and violating a legislation on digital communications after he filmed an anti-authorities protest in July, a Japanese diplomat mentioned.
Toru Kubota, 26, was arrested by plainclothes police in Yangon, the place he was filming a documentary that he had been engaged on for a number of years, in keeping with a Change.org petition calling for his launch.
In July, the army junta executed two outstanding professional-democracy activists and two different males accused of terrorism, following a trial condemned by the UN and rights teams.