Myanmar junta sentences Aung San Suu Kyi to 5 years in prison for corruption
Why it matters: It's the latest verdict in a slew of cases brought by Myanmar's junta that could see the 76-year-old deposed leader imprisoned for the rest of her life.
- The Nobel laureate has already been sentenced to six years' imprisonment in other cases that have also been criticized for being politically motivated, AP notes.
The big picture: Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party won Myanmar's 2020 elections in a landslide, but the military overthrew the government and detained her and other officials in a coup last February.
- Their detention triggered widespread protests and the military junta launched a widespread crackdown, but it has continued to face opposition and over 10,o00 people are being held in detention, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma.
- The advocacy group that tracks arrests and killings reports that 1,745 have been confirmed killed by the junta in the crackdown.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.