In this file photo taken on March 18, 2018, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the Leaders Plenary Session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Australia Special Summit in Sydney. Mark Metcalfe / POOL / AFP
YANGON, Myanmar — A Myanmar court on Monday jailed ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for four years for inciting dissent against the military and breaching COVID-19 rules, a spokesman for the ruling junta told AFP.
Suu Kyi “was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment under section 505(b) and two years’ imprisonment under natural disaster law”, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said.
Former president Win Myint was also jailed for four years under the same charges, he said, adding that they would not yet be taken to prison.
“They will face other charges from the places where they are staying now” in the capital Naypyidaw, he added, without giving further details.
The 76-year-old Suu Kyi has been detained since the generals ousted her government in the early hours of February 1, ending Myanmar’s brief democratic interlude.
The junta has since added a slew of other indictments, including violating the official secrets act, corruption and electoral fraud. The Nobel laureate faces decades in jail if convicted on all counts.
Journalists have been barred from proceedings in the special court in the military-built capital, and Suu Kyi’s lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the media.
More than 1,300 people have been killed and over 10,000 arrested in a crackdown on dissent since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.
A journalist (3rd left), who was covering a protest against the military coup, receives medical attention as an injured protester lies on a stretcher beside an ambulance after a crackdown on the demonstration by security forces in Yangon on December 5, 2021. (AFP/Str)
Myanmar security forces in a car rammed into an anti-coup protest on Sunday morning in Yangon, with at least half a dozen protesters arrested and dozens injured, according to two witnesses at the scene. Anti-military protests are continuing despite the killing of more than 1,300 people since the Feb. 1 coup.
The scattered protests are often small groups voicing opposition to the overthrow of an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the return of military rule
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Three wounded as Myanmar soldiers ram car into protest
YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar soldiers wounded at least three people after ramming a car into a peaceful anti-coup rally in Yangon, eyewitnesses said yesterday.
The country has been in turmoil since February when the military seized power, triggering nationwide demonstrations which the junta sought to quell with violent crackdowns and mass arrests.
More than 10 months of military rule has seen some 1,300 killed rallying against the army but small, highly mobile protests still crop up.
The rally in Yangon was violently dispersed yesterday morning when a large car ploughed into it, according to a journalist there.
Asean as a whole has reported more than 14.2 million COVID-19 cases. Of this, more than 510,000 are active cases as of December 06.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.