Aung San Suu Kyi is finally fixed on the total duration of her prison sentence, after a river trial.

The former Burmese leader, overthrown by the army in early 2021, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for corruption, a total sentence of 33 years behind bars if we add her other convictions.

The famous 77-year-old opponent, Nobel Peace Prize 1991, appeared in "good health" according to a judicial source.

She could end up in prison a life marked by her fight for democracy.

She has been imprisoned since the military coup of February 1, 2021, which ended a brief period of freedom in this Southeast Asian country with a turbulent history.

A court in the capital Naypyidaw, which sits exceptionally in the penitentiary center where she was placed in solitary confinement, found the ex-leader guilty on Friday of five counts of corruption against her.

Burmese ex-president Win Myint, co-accused in this last part of the trial, received the same sentence as her and both will appeal, according to the same source.

Elections in 2023?

In a helicopter rental case for a minister, Aung San Suu Kyi was accused of not having respected the rules and of having caused “a loss for the State”.

The corruption charges are "ridiculous", reacted Htwe Htwe Thein, associate professor at Australia's Curtin University.

“There is not the slightest trace of corruption in Aung San Suu Kyi's leadership, governance or lifestyle.

“All her cases are over, there are no more charges against her,” said the judicial source, who requested anonymity.

Corruption, electoral fraud, violation of state secrets and anti-Covid restrictions… Since the start of the legal proceedings in June 2021, Aung San Suu Kyi has been convicted of multiple offences.

The end of his 18-month long trial, described as a sham by human rights groups, opens a new period of uncertainty in Burma, with the prospect of elections in 2023 promised by the junta, in search of legitimacy.


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