A Myanmar court has sentenced the country's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison. This information has been given by the Myanmar army itself. Suu's supporters are angry against this punishment and they are calling it a conspiracy to end Suu's political career. At the same time, Britain has condemned the punishment against Suu Kyi.
Why was the sentence given?
A spokesman for Myanmar's military said Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty on Monday of violating coronavirus rules and inciting dissent against the military.
Major General Zaw Min Tun said that he was jailed for two years on both charges.
Former President Win Myint has also been sentenced to four years in prison on the same charge. However, these two leaders will not be taken to jail yet. Giving further details, he said that 'he will also face charges from the places where he is currently staying'.
The media was barred from being involved in the proceedings of the case at Napydaw. The military also forbade Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyers from communicating with the media and the public.
There are many allegations against Aung San Suu
Aung San Suu Kyi faces a total of 11 charges, including corruption, official secret act violations, telecommunications laws and Covid regulations. Suu Kyi has also denied the allegations made by the military.
These allegations against Aung San Suu Kyi are seen as a conspiracy to defame him and prevent him from contesting the next elections in Myanmar. Suu's supporters claim that these cases were deliberately created and implicated in order to justify the coup.
In November last year, Aung Sang Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy Party had a unilateral victory, while the party which was in control of the army was defeated. After this defeat, the army had made allegations of voting rigging, but these allegations proved to be baseless in the investigation.
1300 civilians lost their lives in army action
The army ended democracy and carried out a coup on 1 February this year and took over the command of the country. Along with this, Aung San Suu and many leaders of his party were imprisoned and many cases were registered and action was started.
When civilians protested against the coup, the army tried to suppress their voice by using force. So far 1,300 people have been killed and thousands have been arrested in the use of force by Myanmar's military.