Myanmar’s Suu Kyi gets 3 more years in prison, totaling 20 years

In this file photo taken on Nov 5, 2015, opposition leader and head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the stage after addressing a press conference from her residential compound in Yangon. (ROMEO GACAD / AFP)

YANGON – Myanmar's former State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday has been sentenced to three years in jail for electoral fraud in 2020, increasing her total prison term to 20 years, the Information Team of Myanmar's State Administration Council confirmed on Saturday.

Suu Kyi, along with former President U Win Myint and former Union Minister of Union Government Office U Min Thu, was found guilty of electoral fraud, said the information team.

Before this, she has been convicted of multiple charges including corruption, incitement, breaching the Natural Disaster Management Law, breaching the Export and Import Law and breaching the Communications Law.

She was already sentenced to 17 years' imprisonment for these offences, and now faces 20 years in jail.

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On Feb. 1, 2021, Myanmar President U Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and some senior officials of the National League for Democracy (NLD) were detained by the military.

Trials over more charges against Aung San Suu Kyi will follow.