Aung San Suu Kyi, the ousted leader of Myanmar has been sentenced to 4 years in jail by a special court for incitement and violating Coronavirus restrictions.
Suu Kyi is under house-arrest since the civilian government was removed through a coup by the military junta.
These judgments were first among several charges faced by the 76-year old Nobel Peace Prize winner. She can face a maximum imprisonment of 102 years for charges.
The charge of incitement was levied based on statements made on Facebook pages of Suu Kyi’s party. It happened after Suu Kyi was detained by military.
Any person who spreads false or inflammatory information that could disturb public order could be held liable under the law.
Suu Kyi and her lawyers argue that she was already in detention and thus could not be held liable for posts that criticized the government.
The charges of Covid-19 protocol violation stems from the time when Suu Kyi waved to her supporters from vehicle, while wearing a face mask and face shield.
Other cases against Suu Kyi
Other charges against Suu Kyi include alleged acceptance of bribes and abusing her power for favourable property deals.
She is also charged for violating the Official Secrets Act and also alleged use of unlicensed walkie-talkies by her security guards.
Another corruption charge accuses her and Win Myint of corruption in granting permits to rent and buy a helicopter.
There have been protests across Myanmar, demanding Suu Kyi’s release. Anti-military protests have been taking place in Yangon against the overthrow of the elected government.
The Junta has been accusing Suu Kyi of winning elections through a massive voter fraud, which was rejected by Election Commission and international observers.