Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to five years in prison after she was found guilty of corruption by a court in military-controlled Myanmar, the latest in a series of legal cases condemned as an attempt to remove her as a political threat.
Myanmar’s former leader, 76, has been detained since a military coup in February last year plunged the country into a political crisis and escalating conflict. Since then, she has been charged with at least 18 offences, ranging from election fraud to violating the Official Secrets Act.
The various charges carry maximum sentences that could lead to Aung San Suu Kyi spending the rest of her life in detention.
n the latest case, she was accused of accepting 11.4kg (402 oz) of gold bars and cash payments totalling US$600,000 from the former Yangon chief minister Phyo Min Thein.