Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty on Friday and sentenced to three years in jail with hard labour.
The Nobel laureate and figurehead for Myanmar’s opposition to decades of military rule has been held since a coup last year. She rejects all the allegations against her.
She was found guilty of fraud on Friday in the general election of November 2020, where her National League for Democracy (NLD) easily defeated a party founded by the powerful military and won with a overwhelming parliamentary majority
According to the source, who wished to remain anonymous since they were not authorised to speak to the media. Co-defendant Win Myint, the former president, received the same punishment. A spokesperson for the ruling military council did not reply to a request for comment. Suu Kyi, according to the junta, is receiving due process.
In order to prevent Suu Kyi’s NLD from forming a new government following the election, military seized power in February 2021. The NLD asserted that it won properly and denied cheating.
Suu Kyi who is 76, has been on trial for more than a year on a number of charges that range from corruption and incitement to disclosing classified information, with a total cumulative penalty of more than 190 years.
Her trials have taken place in secret in the nation’s capital, Naypyitaw, and the junta has made few public remarks regarding the proceedings. A gag order has been enacted on Suu Kyi’s lawyers.