Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced today in Myanmar to another six years in prison for corruption, the world agencies reported, quoted by BTA.

The sentence against Suu Kyi, 77, was handed down in four new cases and comes on top of her earlier 11-year sentence on charges of corruption, subversive anti-state activities and other crimes.

The new sentence was pronounced more specifically for the misuse of funds from a fund intended for education and health care.

In February last year, Myanmar's democratically elected government, led de facto by Suu Kyi, was ousted by the military.

The trial was held behind closed doors, with no access to the media or the public.

The court also issued an order barring Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyers from discussing the cases publicly, the Associated Press noted.

The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate was found guilty of abusing her position to lease government land at below-market rates in the city of Yangon for a foundation in her mother's name and of building a residence with donations intended for charitable purposes and received from the same foundation.

The other two cases involved plots of land in the capital Naypyidaw that she allegedly rented at below-market prices. 

Aung San Suu Kyi received sentences of three years for each of the four charges.

However, she will serve three of them concurrently, meaning she will spend a total of six years in prison. 

Suu Kyi has denied all charges and her lawyers are expected to appeal the sentences. 

Aung San Suu Kyi has pleaded not guilty in the election fraud case

She had already been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sedition, corruption and other charges in earlier trials after the military overthrew the de facto government she led and detained her in February 2021.

Analysts say the multiple charges against Suu Kyi and her allies are an attempt to legitimize the junta's power while removing her from politics before Myanmar holds elections scheduled for next year.

Other senior representatives of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party and the ousted government were also arrested.

The junta has hinted that it may dissolve the NLD before the elections.

Former Naypyidaw Mayor Myo Aung, who was accused in the two cases related to the issuance of land lease permits.

Ye Min Oo, a former deputy mayor of the capital, and Min Thu, who was a member of the city's development commission before the coup, were also tried, each in a separate trial.

The three received three years in prison each.

The junta seized power in Myanmar and detained Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, 2021 - the day the NLD-dominated parliament's second straight five-year term was due to begin after the party won elections the previous year.

The military argued the coup with alleged major electoral fraud, although independent observers did not find any serious irregularities, AP recalls.

New sentence against Aung San Suu Kyi

AFP notes that the coup has plunged Myanmar into chaos.

Nearly 2,100 people have been killed by security forces and 15,000 arrested since February 1 last year in the country, according to data from a local non-governmental organization.


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