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

  • Multiple open court cases seek the personal demolition and political exile of the deposed leader

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

The electoral fraud takes center stage in the myriad of charges against Suu-kyi. Burma’s return last February to its dictatorial normality had been conceived in the indigestion of the results of the November elections. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Suu Kyi, overwhelmed with 83% of the votes. To the party for development and the Solidarity Union, sponsored by the militaryhe had just 33 of the 476 parliamentary seats left.

It was a blow to the ego of the jmilitary chief, Min Aung Hlaing, who was looking for the Thai way: to bury the coup under the votes of the polls. Complaints of rigging followed, demands for new clean elections and, finally, the riot that underlined the fragility of a democratic transition. The NLD has vigorously denied the accusations of fraud and international experts saw nothing more than small, innocuous and understandable accounting mismatches in a developing country.

Sentences of a total of 20 years

Suu Kyi has also denied all the charges for which she is being tried in the secret procedural marathon, the first since the house arrest and now in one napidaw prison. The sentences already add up to twenty years and it is not ruled out that the sum with the future ones reaches the century. The Chairwoman de facto even the coup has been condemned for violating the import law due to the walkie-talkies used by his bodyguards. Conviction for violating the law of natural disaster managementfor which he received another two years, was no less unlikely: during last year’s electoral campaign he had greeted the parade of his followers through the streets of Rangoon with a mask.

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

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The Military meeting recently ended more than three decades without a death penalty by executing four activists. They included 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 that the frenzy will reach the gallows after a three-decade hiatus. The Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners estimated two months ago that 76 detainees had been sentenced to death, two children among them, and another 46 had been sentenced in absentia. Not even the military regime that ruled with an iron fist between 1988 and 2011 executed political prisoners. International Amnesty has pointed to the “arbitrary” sentences as the epitome of the brutal human rights violations of the Junta.

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