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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi receives 6-year jail term

A Myanmar court has sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison on charges including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies.

The latest sentencing, which was delivered on Monday, means the Nobel Peace Prize winner faces a six-year jail term after two convictions last month.

Ms Suu Kyi is on trial in nearly a dozen cases that carry combined maximum sentences of more than 100 years in prison. She denies all charges.

The 76-year-old leader of the popular National League for Democracy (NLD) appeared calm when the verdict was read out on Monday in a court in the capital, Naypyitaw, Reuters reported an unnamed source as saying.

Ms Suu Kyi was arrested on the day of the February 1 2021 coup and days later, police said six illegally imported walkie-talkies were found during a search of her home.

The court handed her a two-year sentence for breaching an export-import law by possessing the handheld radios and one year for having a set of signal jammers.

The two sentences will run concurrently, said the source.

She was also sentenced to two years on another charge of breaching a natural disaster management law related to coronavirus rules, according to the source.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup against Ms Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government led to widespread protests and signalled the end of 10 years of tentative political reforms that followed decades of strict military rule.

On December 6, the NLD leader received a four-year jail sentence for incitement and breaching coronavirus rules.

That sentence, which was later reduced to two years, was met by a chorus of international condemnation.

On Monday, rights group Amnesty International called the new convictions “the latest act in the farcical trial against the civilian leader”.