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Myanmar junta court rejects Suu Kyi corruption appeal

YANGON (AFP) – A Myanmar junta court yesterday rejected an appeal by ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi against a five-year sentence for corruption handed down last week, according to a source with knowledge of the case.

Since a coup ousted her government in February last year, plunging Myanmar into upheaval, Suu Kyi has been in military custody and faces a raft of charges that could jail her for more than 150 years.

Last week the Nobel laureate was convicted of accepting a bribe of USD600,000 cash and gold bars – a charge she said was “absurd”, according to her lawyer.

An appeal filed by Suu Kyi’s legal team was yesterday “summarily dismissed without hearing from either side”, the source said.

The 76-year-old Suu Kyi had already been sentenced to six years in jail for incitement against the military, breaching COVID-19 rules and breaking a telecommunications law.

She will remain under house arrest at an unknown location in the military-built capital Naypyidaw while she fights other charges.

A junta spokesman could not be reached for comment on the appeal decision. Suu Kyi also faces a raft of other trials, including for allegedly violating the official secrets act, several counts of corruption and electoral fraud.

Journalists have been barred from attending the court hearings.