Myanmar junta court convicts Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption, hands down 7-year sentence


A Myanmar junta court sentenced ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to seven years in prison for corruption on Friday, a legal source told AFP, ending the 18-month trial of the Nobel laureate.

Suu Kyi was jailed on five counts of corruption related to the hiring, purchase and maintaining of a helicopter that had caused a "loss to the state", the source said.

The EU on Friday condemned Suu Kyi’s new sentence as "purely politically motivated" while US officials said the verdict was an “affront to justice” and called for her release.

A prisoner of the military since the 2021 coup, Suu Kyi, 77, has been convicted on every charge levelled against her, ranging from corruption to illegally possessing walkie-talkies and flouting Covid restrictions.

"All her cases were finished and there are no more charges against her," said the source, who requested anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Suu Kyi - who has now been jailed for 33 years - appeared in good health, the source added.

Journalists have been barred from attending the court hearings and Suu Kyi's lawyers have been banned from speaking to the media.

Since her trial began, she has been seen only once - in grainy state media photos from a bare courtroom - and has been reliant on lawyers to relay messages to the world.

Last week the United Nations Security Council called on the junta to release Suu Kyi in its first resolution on the situation in Myanmar since the coup.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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