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Suu Kyi of Myanmar receives further prison time and hard labour for election fraud

According to a source acquainted with the proceedings, a judge convicted Myanmar’s ousted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of electoral fraud on Friday and sentenced her to three years in prison with hard labour.

Since a coup at the beginning of last year, the Nobel laureate and leader of Myanmar’s opposition to decades of military rule has been jailed, and he has already received a prison term of more than 17 years. Every accusation made against her is denied by her.

She was found guilty of fraud on Friday in the general election of November 2020, where her National League for Democracy (NLD) easily defeated a party founded by the powerful military and won with a resounding parliamentary majority.

It was not obvious what hard labour would entail, according to the source, who wished to remain anonymous since they were not authorised to speak to the media. According to the source, co-defendant Win Myint, the former president, received the same punishment.

Requests for comment from the military council’s spokeswoman were unanswered right away. Suu Kyi, according to the junta, is receiving due process.

In order to prevent Suu Kyi’s NLD from creating a new government following the election, which it said contained instances of fraud that had not been thoroughly probed, the military seized control in February 2021.

The NLD asserted that it won properly and denied cheating.Suu Kyi, 76, has been on trial for more than a year now on a number of counts that range from corruption and incitement to disclosing classified information, with a total cumulative penalty of more than 190 years.

Her trials have taken place in secret in the nation’s capital, Naypyitaw, and the junta has made few public comments regarding the proceedings. Suu Kyi’s attorneys have been subject to a gag order.