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Aung San Suu Kyi receives partial pardon from Myanmar’s military junta but to stay under house arrest

Myanmar’s junta has pardoned ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for some of the offences she denies – more than two years after she was detained as part of a military coup.

Sky News understands the clemency will not fully pardon her and that five charges have been dropped, while 14 remain.

The Nobel Laureate, who last week moved from prison to house arrest in the capital, Naypyitaw, has been in detention since the military seized power in a coup in early 2021.

According to local media, Ms Suu Kyi was taken to a government building last Monday.


She had spent a year in solitary confinement.

She is appealing against the convictions for various offences ranging from incitement and election fraud to corruption.

She denied all of the charges.

Myanmar Radio and Television reported the pardons on Tuesday but an informed source said she would remain in detention.

“She won’t be free from house arrest,” said the source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue, according to Reuters.

Former President Win Myint also had his sentence reduced as part of the clemency granted to more than 7,000 prisoners, which reportedly saw prison sentences reduced in a religious ceremony.

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Ms Suu Kyi, 78, the daughter of Myanmar’s independence hero, was first put under house arrest in 1989 after huge protests against decades of military rule.

In 1991, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning for democracy but was only fully released from house arrest in 2010.

She swept a 2015 election, held as part of tentative military reforms that were brought to a halt by the 2021 coup.


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