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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Aung San Suu Kyi gets 4 years for cheering crowds and using walkie-talkies

Deposed Myanmar civilian leader Do Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted on Monday and sentenced to four years in prison for keeping walkie-talkies in her home and violating Covid-19 protocols.

In all, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, was sentenced to six years in prison and has many more charges against her.

Monday’s guilty verdict on three counts comes in addition to her December 5 conviction on charges of inciting public disorder and a separate count of violating Covid-19 protocols. Originally sentenced to four years on these charges, that term was cut in half by Army Chief General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the February 1 coup that forced her to step down.

As the first anniversary of the coup approaches, a court found Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of violating Myanmar’s import-export law and telecommunications law by possessing communications devices. Her defenders said the walkie-talkies belonged to her security service and the charges were fabricated and politically motivated.

She was sentenced to two years on Covid protocol, two years on charges of importing walkie-talkies, and one year for violating telecommunications law. Sentences involving radio charges must be executed simultaneously.

Aung San Suu Kyi is being held incommunicado in a house in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar. Amnesty International called the radio allegations trumped up, saying “they suggest the military is desperate for an excuse to start a witch hunt and intimidate anyone who defies them.”

The charge of importing the devices – the first of many charges against her – was filed on February 3, two days after the coup, in a trial that dragged on for almost a year.

The guilty verdict for violating Covid protocols came from an episode during the 2020 election campaign when she walked through a crowd of supporters wearing a protective mask but no mask. Earlier reports indicated that the conviction was based on the same incident as her earlier conviction, where she stood outside, wearing a mask and face shield, waving her arms. supporters in cars.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi faces at least seven more charges, including five counts of corruption, with a potential maximum sentence of 89 years if found guilty on all remaining counts.

Human Rights Watch said the military regime is making fun of itself by accumulating convictions on trumped-up, politically motivated charges.

“The Myanmar junta’s circus of secret trials on bogus charges is to steadily accumulate new convictions against Aung San Suu Kyi so that she remains in prison indefinitely,” said Phil Robertson, the group’s deputy director for Asia.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi was a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1991 and led her party, the National League for Democracy, to landslide victories three times between 1990 and 2020, but the military only allowed her to form a government once, in 2016. .

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From 1989 to 2010, she spent a total of 15 years under house arrest. She later damaged her reputation as an international symbol of democracy by not speaking out against the military’s brutal ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, which resulted in over 700,000 Rohingya being expelled to Bangladesh.

After the coup, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and deposed President U Win Myint were under house arrest at undisclosed locations near the capital Naypyidaw. Mr. Win Myint was also convicted on December 5 for violating Covid-19 protocols and sentenced to four years in prison. The leader of the coup also cut his term in half.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trials are taking place in a house in Naypyidaw that has been converted into a courtroom. No member of the public is allowed to attend, and her lawyers are prohibited from speaking on the case.

On December 30, a police court sentenced 30-year-old Doe Cherry Htet, a police lieutenant and former bodyguard of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to three years in prison for violating police conduct rules by posting on Facebook that the court found inflammatory. .

In one post, she simply said, “We miss you Amai,” using the Burmese word for “mom.” The former bodyguard was also accused of links to the Government of National Unity, a shadow government formed after the coup by ousted elected officials and other opponents of the military.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s conviction on Monday came as the military continued its efforts to crack down on pro-democracy protests, fight a nascent resistance movement and fight ethnic groups seeking autonomy. Soldiers and police have killed at least 1,447 civilians and detained about 8,500 since the coup, according to the political prisoner aid association, a human rights organization.

The Tatmadaws, as the Myanmar military is known, were accused of committing one of the largest Christmas Eve massacres, when soldiers killed at least 35 fleeing villagers and burned their bodies. Save the Children, one of the groups that condemned the massacre, said two of its employees were among those killed as they returned home for the Christmas holidays.

Sui-Li Wee made reporting.

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