By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
NAYPYITAW (Worthy News) – A Myanmar court on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison on what her supporters called trumped-up charges aimed at serving the military rulers.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was convicted Monday for possessing walkie-talkies in her home and violating COVID-19 protocols.
Her defenders said the walkie-talkies belonged to her security detail and that the accusations were bogus and politically motivated.
Altogether, Suu Kyi, 76, has been sentenced to a total of six years in prison, with many more charges pending against her, trial observers said.
Monday’s guilty verdict on three counts comes on top of her December 5 conviction for “inciting public unrest” and a separate charge of breaching COVID-19 protocols.
For those charges, she received two years imprisonment after the sentence was cut in half by the army commander in chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the February 1 coup that forced Suu Kyi to step down.
The case, ahead of the first anniversary of the army coup, comes amid ongoing clashes between the army of Myanmar, also known as Burma, and coup opponents.
Additionally, minority Christian groups have faced deadly attacks by the army amid reports of massacres and destruction of churches in the heavily Buddhist nation.
More than 1,000 people have died in coup-related violence, according to activists.
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