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EU condemns Aung San Suu Kyi’s final prison sentence

The European Union sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to three years in prison with hard labor for election fraud.

On Sunday September 5, Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the EU’s top diplomat, tweeted: “EU condemns the wrongful conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi to three additional years of detention, with labor sentences. She now faces 20 years in prison on eleven counts and several counts remaining. The EU calls on the regime in #Myanmar to release her and all political prisoners.

The three-year sentence is in addition to previous sentences of just over 17 years that Suu Kyi has already served. It is not known whether, at the age of 77, she will be forced to do hard labor.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been on trial for more than a year on several charges and is still facing them. All trials were held behind closed doors. During the trials, Suu Kyi was held incommunicado, her lawyers were barred from discussing the cases, and the junta issued only limited statements on the proceedings.

After a single case in April 2022, when she was sentenced to five years in prison, Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch tweeted: “Myanmar’s junta and the country’s kangaroo courts are marching hand in hand to sideline Aung San Suu Kyi for what could ultimately be the equivalent of a life sentence, given her advanced age. Destroying democracy in Myanmar also means getting rid of Aung San Suu Kyi, and the junta leaves nothing to chance.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with at least 18 offenses which could see her sentenced to nearly 190 years in prison.