Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory in the last general election in Myanmar, but the military says the election was largely rigged. However, independent election observers did not find any major irregularities.
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A court in Myanmar on Friday ordered the country’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi holding him guilty of involvement in electoral fraud three years imprisonment is heard. Suu Kyi has already been convicted in several other cases. With this sentence, now he will have to spend 17 years in jail. Last month, Suu Kyi was convicted on four other counts.
This has also put the very existence of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party in danger. Military-ruled Myanmar has announced fresh elections in the country in 2023.
Accused of rigging last year’s election
Significantly, on February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s army took over the reins of the country and took Suu Kyi and several prominent leaders of Myanmar into custody. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory in the last general election, but the military says the election was largely rigged. Independent election observers did not find any major irregularities.
Two senior members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s former government were also sentenced to three years in prison.
Convicted in four more corruption cases last month
Last month, a Myanmar court convicted Aung San Suu Kyi on four more corruption counts and sentenced her to an additional six years in prison.
The deposed leader was accused of misusing his position to rent out public land in the country at below market value and get the house built with donations received for charitable purposes. Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years in each of the four cases, but in three of these cases the sentence would run concurrently. In this way, he will have to stay in jail for an additional six years.
Suu Kyi, on the other hand, denied the allegations against her. It is believed that his lawyers can appeal against the decision. Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to 11 years in prison on sedition, corruption, among other charges, after the military toppled her elected government and detained her in February last year.