The United States on Monday called “unfair” the new prison sentence against former Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and called for her “immediate release.”
“The unjust arrest, indictment and conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi by the Burmese military regime is an affront to justice and the rule of law,” said US diplomatic spokesman Ned Price.
The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, under house arrest since the February 2021 coup that overthrew her government, was sentenced to four years in prison for smuggling radio communication devices (walkie-talkies), reported a source close to the judgment.
She is detained in a secret place in the capital and her only contact with the outside world is meetings with her lawyers before court hearings.
In recent months, Suu Kyi has accumulated indictments on charges of sedition, corruption, incitement to riots and electoral fraud.
The process takes place behind closed doors in the capital Naipyidó and the former president of Burma, Win Myint, who was arrested after the takeover of power by the military, is also being processed.
The coup created chaos in the country and about 1,400 people were killed, according to the balance of a local NGO.
Suu Kyi’s political influence has diminished since the coup as a new generation defends the armed struggle against the military, with different political positions than that of the ousted leader.
The military junta promised elections in 2023, but the current convictions against Suu Kyi would prevent her from participating in them.
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