Deposed leader of Myanmar, Suu Kyi, testifies for the first time in ‘official secrets’ trial

According to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity as she was not authorized to share information about the case, Suu Kyi denied all charges and stated that she was innocent at a hearing held in a prison in the capital, Nepido.

Suu Kyi, Australian economist Sean Turnell and three former cabinet members, who have been detained since the Myanmar military overthrew the civilian government last year, face up to 14 years in prison for the same crime.

Sean Turnell, an economist at Macquarie University in Sydney, was working as an advisor to the deposed leader.

Myanmar state television claimed that Turnell had access to “state secret financial information” and tried to flee the country last year, though details of the “official secrets” crime cited in the case were not made public.

The “Colonial secrets law” criminalizes possession, collection, recording, publishing or sharing of state secrets that are “directly or indirectly useful to the enemy.”

Deposed leader Suu Kyi was found guilty in all four corruption cases and sentenced to 6 more years in prison.

He could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.

The military court announced its first decision in April in the corruption case of Suu Kyi, who has been charged with corruption 11 times so far.

It was reported that Suu Kyi was sentenced to 5 years in prison in the corruption case, in which she was accused of receiving 600,000 dollars in cash and gold as a bribe.

The ousted leader is facing 6 more corruption investigations.

Suu Kyi, 76, has so far been sentenced to 6 years in prison for illegally importing and possessing radios, inciting public riots and violating Covid-19 restrictions.

Suu Kyi was sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison with the 6-year final sentence given by the military court in Myanmar.

It is stated that Suu Kyi could face up to 175 years in prison if she is convicted of all the charges brought against her by the military administration that came to power through the coup.

military coup in Myanmar

The Myanmar army seized power on February 1, 2021, after allegations of fraud in the general elections in 2020 and political tension in the country. The army had detained many officials and ruling party leaders, especially the country’s de facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, and declared a state of emergency for a year.

More than 1800 people have lost their lives as a result of the armed intervention of the Myanmar army against the anti-coup protesters and rebel groups. Since the coup, approximately 13 thousand people have been detained, while over 10 thousand people are still detained.

According to the Political Prisoners Aid Organization (AAPP), more than 1,900 people have died in the country since the coup, and over 10,000 people have been detained. Myanmar military courts sentenced to death for 114 political prisoners, including 2 children.

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