Myanmar court sentences Suu Kyi to 5 years in jail for corruption

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A court in military-ruled Myanmar found deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail.

  • The case was the first of 11 corruption charges against the Nobel laureate, each carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

  • A Myanmar junta court accused the 76-year-old leader of accepting a bribe of $600,000 cash and gold bars. 

  • He has already been sentenced to six years in prison in other cases and is facing 10 more corruption charges.

  • Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since February 2021, when a military coup toppled her elected government.

  • About Aung San Suu Kyi

  • Aung San Suu Kyi born on June 19, 1945, Rangoon, Burma is politician and opposition leader of Myanmar. 

  • She was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991.

  • She  has held several government positions since 2016, including that of state counsellor, which essentially made her the de facto leader of the country.

  • She  was sidelined when the military seized power in February 2021.

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