Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to seven more years for alleged corruption.
According to a source familiar, Suu Kyi was found guilty of five corruption charges in a closed-door court session in Naypyitaw.
This was the latest case against the 77 year-old woman after her elected government was overthrown by the army of a southeast Asian country in early 2013.
She is now facing a total sentence of 33 years in prison.
According to a source, she was found guilty Friday of charges related to her use and lease of a helicopter during her time as Myanmar‘s deputy leader.
Suu Kyi is accused of having abused her position and caused state funds to be lost by failing to follow financial regulations when she granted permission to Win Myat Aye, a cabinet member from her former government, to hire and buy the aircraft.
According to a legal official, Ms. Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years for each of the four charges. She will also serve four years for the charge relating to the purchase of the helicopter. This makes a total of seven. The same sentences were given to Win Myat Aye.
After being found guilty for a variety of offenses, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was sentenced to 26 years in prison. She has repeatedly denied them all and called them absurd.
These offences included violating COVID-19 restrictions during campaigning, illegally possessing radio equipment and incitement.
The military junta insists that the charges are valid and that Ms. Suu Kyi has been held in an annex to a Naypyitaw jail has been given the due process by an impartial court.
However, her supporters and independent analysts believe that the charges against her are an attempt by the army to seize power while eliminating her politics from the next election.
After the military’s 49-year rule ended in 2011, Ms. Suu Kyi ruled Myanmar for five more years. However, it regained control of Myanmar early last year and stopped her elected government starting a second term.