Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty in several corruption cases. The sentence was made by a court in military-ruled Myanmar, with the former leader being accused of four different corruption cases.
The 77-year-old has been a figurehead of Myanmar’s opposition to military rule for decades. Being charged with at least 18 offences ranging from graft to election violations, carrying combined maximum jail terms of nearly 190 years.
The Nobel laureate called the accusations absurd and denies all charges against her.
She was found guilty on Monday of misusing funds from the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation—an organisation she founded promoting health and education—to build a home, and leasing government-owned land at a discounted rate, said a source in the loop of the proceedings.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since last year when the military overthrew an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, after it won a general election, and led a deadly crackdown on dissent.
The international community has imposed sanctions on the military and dismissed Aung San Suu Kyi’s secretive trials as farcical, accusing the military government of Crimes against Humanity.
“It’s a massive assault against her rights, and part of the campaign to bury her and the NLD forever,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, referring to her ousted party, the National League for Democracy.
The daughter of the leader of Myanmar’s campaign for independence from British colonial led the country for five years during a brief period of tentative reforms before being forced from power in the February 2021 coup.
The military has ruled for five of the past six decades.