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Suu Kyi sentenced to four years in prison

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Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced by a Myanmar court to four years in prison.

This information was given in the report of BBC online on Monday.

A court in Myanmar on Monday sentenced the country’s ousted civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison on charges of inciting public unrest and breaching Covid-19 protocols. She is facing a series of rulings that could keep her locked up for the rest of her life.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained in a military coup in February, is facing a total of 11 charges and maximum imprisonment of 102 years.

Her trials, which the United Nations and foreign governments have described as politically motivated, have been held in closed-door hearings in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s capital.

The junta has barred all five of her lawyers from speaking to the news media, saying that their communications could “destabilize the country.”

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, 76, is a flawed hero for a troubled nation.

She is held up as an almost godlike figure among her supporters in Myanmar, who describes her as a defender of the country’s democracy — a struggle for which she won a Nobel Peace Prize.

But her reputation on the international stage was tarnished over her complicity in the military’s mass atrocities against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group.

A guilty verdict would most likely galvanize a protest movement that has spurred thousands of people to take up arms against the army since February when the generals seized power.

On Sunday morning, a military truck plowed into a group of protesters who were carrying banners bearing her portrait and quotations of hers on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar’s most populous city, causing fatalities.

At night, protesters continued to demonstrate in the streets, and residents banged pots and pans to register their anger.

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