Three years of forced labor for Burmese leader Suu Kyi for electoral fraud

  • Several open court cases call for the personal demolition and political exile of the ousted leader

A burmese court sentenced to three years in prison wing fallen leader Aung San Suu Kyiin the last chapter of court soap opera who seeks his personal demolition and ban from politics. The sentence aggravates the previous ones by adding forced labor, which it does not specify, but which underlines the revengeful drift of the military junta against its sworn enemy. The Nobel Peace Prize She had been sentenced to hard labor in the distant 2009 and the sentence was commuted when the country embarked on democratic reforms.

The election fraud takes center stage in the myriad of charges leveled against Suu-kyi. Burma’s return to dictatorial normality last February was engineered in the indigestion of the November election results. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Suu Kyi, overwhelmed with 83% of the vote. At party for development and the Solidarity union, sponsored by the armyhe was left with only 33 of the 476 parliamentary seats.

It was a blow to the ego of the jmilitary leader, Min Aung Hlaing, who was looking for the Thai way: to bury the blow under the ballot box votes. There followed complaints of rigging, demands for new clean elections and, finally, the riot which underlined the fragility of a democratic transition. The NLD has vigorously denied the accusations of fraud, and international experts have seen nothing more than small, innocuous and understandable accounting slippages in a developing country.

Sentences totaling 20 years

Suu Kyi has also denied all charges for which she is on trial in the secret procedural marathon, the first since the house arrest and now in a napidaw prison. The sentences already add up to twenty years and it is not excluded that the sum with the futures reaches the century. The President de facto even the coup was condemned for violating import law due to the walkie-talkies used by his bodyguards. Conviction for violating the law of natural disaster managementfor which he was sentenced to two additional years, was no less improbable: during the election campaign last year, he had greeted with a mask the parade of his supporters in the streets of Rangoon.

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Suu Kyi had already been sentenced in December to four years for incite violence, although the sentence was halved a few hours later by the coup government. On the horizon awaits illegal receipt of gold bars and half a million euros or the violation of a moldy colonial act of state secrets, to make the short list. Its defenders speak of political motivations and human rights organizations record procedural contempt.

Council recovers executions

The Military junta recently ended more than three decades without the death penalty by executing four activists. Among them are Kyaw Min Yu, a former leader of the 1988 student protests against the former military government, and Phyo Zeya Thaw, the father of Burmese rap and hip-hop. The human rights organizations they fear the frenzy will hit the gallows after a three-decade hiatus. The Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners estimated two months ago that 76 detainees had been sentenced to death, including two children, and 46 others had been sentenced in absentia. Even the military regime that ruled with an iron fist between 1988 and 2011 did not execute political prisoners. Amnesty International pointed to the “arbitrary & rdquor; condemnations as the epitome of the brutal human rights violations committed by the junta.


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