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Ousted Myanmar leader jailed for another three years after secret trial

After being convicted for violating Myanmar’s official secrets act, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s ex-leader, was sentenced to three more years imprisonment.

The 77 year-old was tried along with Sean Turnell, an Australian economist. Turnell was also found guilty and sentenced the same time.

Three ex-members of Ms Suu Kyi’s cabinet were also sentenced to three years imprisonment.

After agreeing to speak anonymously, a legal official stated that the sentences were passed.


After the army took control of Naypyidaw in a military coup, Ms. Suu Kyi was taken into custody in Naypyidaw (the capital of Myanmar), on February 1, 2021.

Associate professor of economics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Mr Turnell was a special advisor for Mrs Suu Kyi. Turnell was detained for nearly 20 months after he was arrested five days following the military coup.

Based on documents taken from Mr Turnell, the charges against the five defendants are believed to have been made.

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Although the details of the alleged crimes have not been released, state television reported that the economist had “secret state financial information” which allowed him to escape the country.

Ms Suu Kyi and Mr Turnell both denied the charges during August’s trial.

Penny Wong, Australia’s foreign minister, stated that the Australian government had consistently rejected the charges against Professor Turnell over the 19-month period he was unjustly held by the Myanmar military regime.

She said that Australia would continue to support his release and return.

Thursday’s sentencing comes less that a month after Suu Kyi was sentenced to a three year jail term, adding to the 17 years she was already serving due to other offenses including election fraud.

Ms. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 because of her “nonviolent struggle for democracy, human rights” and has been convicted of illegally possessing and importing walkie-talkies, violating COVID limitations, and sedition.

According to some, the convictions were intended to prevent her from returning to politics.

For seven more charges, she is still being tried under Myanmar’s anticorruption law. Each charge carries a 15-year sentence in prison and a hefty fine.

All allegations against Ms. Suu Kyi are denied.


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