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Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced as UK, Amnesty kick and demand her release

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Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced as UK, Amnesty kick and demand her release

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison, the first in a series of verdicts that could jail her for life.

She was found guilty on charges of inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules under a natural disasters law.

Ms Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total, which have been widely condemned as unjust. She has denied all charges.

She has been under house arrest since a military coup in February which toppled her elected civilian government.

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It is not clear when or if Ms Suu Kyi will be placed in prison.

Co-defendant Win Myint, the former president and Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party ally, was also jailed on Monday for four years under the same charges.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the sentencing and called on Myanmar to release all political prisoners and allow a return to democracy.

“The arbitrary detention of elected politicians only risks further unrest,” she said.

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And rights group Amnesty called the charges “bogus”, saying it was the “latest example of the military’s determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar”.

Ms Suu Kyi is next due in court on 14 December, when she will face charges of possessing illegal walkie-talkies.

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