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Suu Kyi sentenced 5 years in jail for Corruption

International desk

A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Wednesday, April 26th, found deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of corruption and condemned her to five years in jail, according to a source with knowledge of the proceedings.

The judge in the capital Naypyitaw handed down the verdict within moments of the court convening said the source, who declined to be identified because the trial is being held behind closed doors, with information restricted.

The case centered on allegations that Suu Kyi, 76, accepted 11.4kg of gold and cash payments totaling $600,000 from her protege-turned-accuser, former Yangon chief minister Phyo Min Thein.

The military says Suu Kyi is on trial because she committed crimes and is being given due process by an independent judiciary. A spokesman for the junta was not immediately available for comment.

Since her arrest on the morning of the February 1 coup last year, she has been charged with multiple crimes from violations of electoral and state secrets laws to incitement and corruption, accusations her supporters say are trumped up to kill off any chance of a political comeback.


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