Kopar Khairane

After certain pardons, the length of Aung San Suu Kyi’s prison sentence was reduced, but she still faces decades behind bars

<p>State media and an informed source announced on Tuesday that former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi had received pardons for five of the 19 offenses for which she had been found guilty and sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-106424″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-08-01t180705.679.jpg” alt=”” width=”1412″ height=”1058″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-08-01t180705.679.jpg 259w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-08-01t180705.679-150×112.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1412px) 100vw, 1412px” /></p>
<p>According to junta spokeswoman Zaw Min Tun, her six-year prison sentence will be reduced by the pardons.</p>
<p>The Nobel Prize winner has been held captive since the military overthrew the government in a coup in early 2021. Last week, he was transferred from jail to house arrest in the capital, Naypyitaw.</p>
<p>The State Administration Council of the military also reduced the sentence of former president Win Myint, who was detained alongside Suu Kyi following the coup in 2021, by four years by pardoning some of the charges on which he had been found guilty.</p>
<p>Suu Kyi, 78, has been appealing against all of the accusations against her, which range from incitement and electoral fraud to corruption. She has denied all of them. Suu Kyi and Win Myint would both continue to be held captive, according to an informed source.</p>
<p>She won’t be released from home arrest, according to the source, who wished to remain anonymous owing to the delicate nature of the situation.</p>
<p>After massive demonstrations against decades of military dictatorship, Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar’s independence hero, was initially placed under house arrest in 1989.</p>
<p>She earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her work promoting democracy, but her house detention was finally lifted in 2010. She won the election in 2015, which was conducted in conjunction with hesitant military reforms, and her party won the subsequent election in November 2020.</p>
<p>After the 2020 election, however, the military claimed there had been electoral fraud, and it said it would need to assume control in early 2021 to make sure the allegations were looked into. The allegations of electoral fraud were dismissed by Suu Kyi’s party.</p>
<p>Suu Kyi and the hundreds of other people jailed in the junta’s deadly assault on pro-democracy demonstrations after the coup have been urged for unconditional release by several nations, notably in the West.</p>
<p>The pardons were referred to as a “cosmetic move” by a diplomatic source. The insider, who wished to remain anonymous, said that “this is a signal to the international community — without doing anything substantive.”</p>
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