Elected and hugely popular leader removed by military faces a slew of cases in closed courts.
Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty of breaching the country’s official secrets act by a secretive military court, the latest of a string of convictions brought by the generals who removed her from office in a coup.
Aung San Suu Kyi was given a three-year sentence on Thursday, an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information about the case, told the Associated Press news agency.
Her economic adviser, Sean Turnell, was also found guilty and sentenced to three years in jail, the official said.
Turnell, an academic at Macquarie University in Sydney, was arrested five days after the February 2021 coup.
“Three years each, no hard labor,” a source familiar with the proceedings told the Reuters news agency.
The exact details of their alleged offenses 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 both denied the allegations in the case when they testified in August.
Aung San Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison in other cases that are widely believed to be aimed at discrediting her and preventing her from ever returning to power.
All sessions of the trial were closed to the media and the public, and a gag order barred defense lawyers from revealing details of the proceedings.