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The Burmese junta tightens its grip on Aung San Suu Kyi. Already sentenced to six years in prison in recent weeks, the former leader was again charged on Friday, January 14, for corruption. Targeted by a multitude of legal proceedings, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has been under house arrest since the February 1 military coup. If found guilty, she faces up to 160 years in prison.
The Burmese generals seem determined to remove Aung San Suu Kyi forever from the political arena. Symbol of the struggle for democracy in Burma, the ex-leader under house arrest in a place kept secret since the February 1 coup is facing a multitude of trials.
Since June, she has already been charged with sedition, corruption, incitement to public unrest, electoral fraud. Last Monday she was sentenced to four years in prison in one of the sections concerning the illegal importation of walkie-talkies. Last month she was convicted of breaching coronavirus restrictions.
Create a climate of fear
Finally, in the latest trial, Aung San Suu Kyi was accused of causing financial loss to the Burmese state by violating regulations on the rental and purchase of helicopters. Many observers denounce a political trial aimed at neutralizing the winner of the 2015 and 2020 elections and creating a climate of fear and continuous repression among the population.