The ruling in an election fraud case widely dismissed as politically motivated takes her total sentence to 20 years; President U Win Myint also received a jail term.
The Irrawaddy looks at the individuals, groups and forces that shaped the course of events in one of the most tumultuous years in Myanmar’s modern history.
In the past week, regime troops rammed and killed protesters with a vehicle, the coup leader engaged in a series of PR moves, and the UN continued to frustrate the junta.
The two were jailed for four years on Monday but the junta chief commuted their sentences to two years’ house arrest; the move was widely dismissed as a PR stunt.
The detained civilian leader is accused of breaking coronavirus rules when she acknowledged a crowd of her supporters during the November 2020 general election.
U Win Myint’s insistence that he would rather die when told to quit by the generals doesn’t surprise those familiar with his decades of self-sacrifice as a politician.
President U Win Myint told a court that on Feb. 1 he refused an order from senior military officers to step down, insisting to them that he preferred death.
Its decision to hold her in an undisclosed location and the sheer number of charges brought against her are unprecedented.