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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Reportedly Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

© REUTERS / STRINGERDemonstrators protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 21, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
Demonstrators protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 21, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.12.2021
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The head of the Myanmar government was put under house arrest after a military takeover in the country in February 2021, with the armed forces accusing her and her party of voter fraud and corruption.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison for inciting protests and breaking anti-coronavirus rules, a spokesman for the military government said.

She "was sentenced to two years' imprisonment under Section 505(b) and two years' imprisonment under [the] natural disaster law", spokesman Zaw Min Tun stated.

© REUTERS / Bria WebbMyanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an event at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York City, U.S. September 21, 2016.
Myanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an event at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York City, U.S. September 21, 2016. - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.12.2021
Myanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an event at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York City, U.S. September 21, 2016.
He added that ex-President Win Myint was also given a four-year prison term under the same charges.

"They will face other charges from the places where they are staying now", the official concluded, without elaborating.

A court hearing for one of the corruption cases is scheduled for 10 December, at which Aung San Suu Kyi may also be formally charged with a new corruption charge related to the acquisition of an Italian-made AW-139 rescue helicopter in October 2019.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was the head of Myanmar's civilian government until a military coup in February 2021. The takeover resulted in a wave of civil protests, and more than 1,180 people have died in clashes with troops.
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