Suu Kyi jailed for another 3-year term
News Desk || risingbd.com
Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her adviser Australian economist Sean Turnell have been sentenced to three years in prison in a criminal case for violating Myanmar’s official secrets act.
A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted them on Thursday.
Three members of her Cabinet were also found guilty, each receiving sentences of three years.
Turnell, an academic at Macquarie University in Sydney, was arrested five days after the February 2021 coup. The Australian embassy was not allowed to attend his trial and he was denied a translator during proceedings.
The exact details of their alleged offences have not been made public, although state television said last year that Turnell had access to “secret state financial information” and had tried to flee the country. Other members of her economic team were also charged in the case.
Turnell and Aung San Suu Kyi, who is 77, both denied the allegations in the case when they testified in August.
The Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW condemned the verdict and urged Australia to do more to help Turnell.
Inputs taken from agencies