A Myanmar court has sentenced pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to five more years in jail after she was ousted in a military coup. The country’s anti-corruption court handed down the verdict against Suu Kyi on Wednesday (April 27th).
Following the military coup in the country on February 1, 2021, 11 corruption cases are pending against her. In the first case, she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
The junta, which seized power through a military coup, has filed several lawsuits against seventy-six-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Charges have been framed against her in 18 cases. The trial is set to begin on Friday in the northern city of Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar.
A court in Naypyidaw has convicted the former chief minister of accepting 600,000 US dollars in cash and 11.4 kilograms of gold in bribes. He testified against Suu Kyi last October, saying she had paid him “bribes” in return for his support.
According to media reports, Suu Kyi could face up to 190 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Suu Kyi, however, has always denied the allegations.