Ousted Myanmar leader gets 7 more years in prison for corruption

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FILE – Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi waits to address judges of the International Court of Justice on the second day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands on Dec. 11, 2019. Suu Kyi is the daughter of the country’s independence hero, Gen. Aung San, who was assassinated in 1947, less than six months before the country, then called Burma, became independent from Britain. Suu Kyi moved to New Delhi in 1960 when her mother was appointed ambassador to India and then spent most of her young adult life in the United States and England. Her career in politics began in 1988. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File) Peter Dejong/AP

Ousted Myanmar leader gets 7 more years in prison for corruption

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The ousted leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been sentenced to seven more years in prison as the final verdict in her case wraps up Thursday.

Myanmar correspondent Leong Wai Kit tweeted that “her latest sentence for ‘corruption’ means she’ll be jailed for a total of 33 years.” Suu Kyi, 77, was convicted in December 2021or breaking COVID-19 rules and another charge for inciting public unrest. She was initially sentenced to four years in prison, but that sentencing was subsequently cut down by two years. In January of this year, the former Nobel Peace Prize winner was found guilty of violating the import-export law and its telecommunications law for possessing walkie-talkies.


Suu Kyi was elected in 2020 in a landslide. However, in February 2021, the country’s military forces took control of the country in a coup, overthrowing Suu Kyi and detaining her, among other politicians. Her defenders have claimed the charges against her are politically motivated.

Military chief Min Aung Hlaing assumed power and imposed a state of emergency for one year, according to a statement released via a military-owned television station. He was sanctioned by the United States in December 2019 for his role in the human rights abuses committed against the Rohingya Muslim community.


Suu Kyi’s arrest sparked international backlash. She previously spent just under 15 years in military prison and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for trying to bring democracy to Myanmar.

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