MyanmarA new development took place in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National Unity for Democracy Party, and other government officials, who were arrested and dismissed by the junta administration after the military coup on February 1, 2021.
Suu Kyi and former Australian economic adviser Sean Turnell were each sentenced to three years in prison for violating the country’s official secrets law.
According to the news that the Myanmar press based on the sources of the military junta, it was a surprise that the duo, who went before the judge today, were sentenced to 3 years in prison on charges of violating the official secrets law, which stipulates up to 14 years in prison.
With the latest development, the sentence of Suu Kyi, who was previously sentenced to 20 years in prison on different charges, has reached 23 years. Turnell is also expected to appear in court on charges of violating immigration law.
PRISONERS SINCE THE COUP
The military junta, which seized power on February 1, 2021 on the allegation of fraud in the 8 November 2020 elections in Myanmar, arrested many officials and ruling party executives, especially the de facto leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Turnell, who was previously an academic at Macquarie University in Sydney, was arrested 5 days after the February 2021 coup.