Bangkok. A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country’s former leader Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption charges and sentenced her to five years in prison on Wednesday. Suu Kyi, who was thrown out of power after a military coup in February last year, has denied allegations that she took gold and thousands of dollars as bribes from a top political colleague.
Under this offense there is a provision of maximum punishment of 15 years and fine. Her supporters and independent legal experts condemned her sentence as unfair and a move aimed at removing 76-year-old Suu Kyi from politics. He has already been sentenced to six years in prison in other cases. The news of the sentence came quoting a law officer, who gave this information on condition of anonymity. Suu Kyi’s trial took place in-camera in the capital, Napita, and her lawyers were barred from speaking to the media.