According to a source familiar with the case, a Myanmar junta court sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to six years in prison on Monday for corruption, bringing her total time behind bars to 17 years.
Since the generals overthrew her administration in a coup on 1 February of last year, ending the country’s brief spell of democracy, Suu Kyi, 77, has been imprisoned.
Since then, she has been accused of several things, including breaking the law governing official secrets, corruption, and election fraud. If found guilty on all counts, she may spend decades in prison.
The source, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, stated that Suu Kyi was given a sentence of “six years incarceration under four anti-corruption charges.”
The maximum sentence for each offense was 15 years in prison. Suu Kyi was given a three-year term for each, but the source claimed that three of the sentences would be served consecutively.
They continued, saying that she appeared to be in good health and made no comments after the sentence.
No one from the junta could be approached for comment.
The Nobel laureate had already been sentenced to 11 years in jail for corruption, incitement against the military, breaching Covid-19 rules and breaking a telecommunications law. Journalists have been barred from attending the court hearings and Suu Kyi’s lawyers have been banned from speaking to the media.