Myanmar junta adds to ousted leader’s sentence
In a trial behind closed doors Monday, a court of the military government convicted Aung San Suu Kyi of using her position to rent land below market price and of building a residence with funds meant for charity. The charges will add six years on top of her previous 11-year sentence on sedition and corruption charges. The Myanmar army seized power on Feb. 1, 2021, the day Suu Kyi would have won a landslide victory in the 2020 election. But the army said her party had committed election fraud.
Who else is the government prosecuting? The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a civil society organization, said it has verified more than 2,191 pro-democracy activists and civilians have been killed by the army—including four who were executed in July. The organization also said Myanmar security forces have seized more than 12,000 people and put them in detention.
Dig deeper: Listen to Paul Butler’s report on The World and Everything in It podcast about civilians calling to restore democratic government going unheeded by the military.
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