Senior Aide to Burma’s Suu Kyi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

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Win Htein, 1  of the leaders of National League for Democracy party, arrives to be  opening   ceremonial  of 21st Century Panglong league  successful  Naypyitaw, Burma, connected  May 24, 2017. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Win Htein, 1 of the leaders of National League for Democracy party, arrives to be opening ceremonial of 21st Century Panglong league successful Naypyitaw, Burma, connected May 24, 2017. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Win Htein, a elder adjutant to Burma’s ousted person Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to 20 years successful situation connected Friday connected charges of precocious treason, media and 1 of his household members said.

Win Htein, 79, is simply a stalwart protagonist of Suu Kyi and a agelong clip governmental captive during decades campaigning to extremity service rule.

He was arrested successful the aftermath of a Feb. 1 coup that has plunged Burma (also known arsenic Myanmar) into chaos and that ended a decennary of tentative antiauthoritarian rule.

Win Htein’s daughter, Chit Suu Win Htein, said successful a connection to Reuters: “So this is arsenic we expected. It’s not a astonishment but it’s a bittersweet and outrageous happening to perceive astir the ridiculous sentencing. Perpetrators of this injustice volition beryllium held accountable for this … Please clasp connected people! We volition win!”

Suu Kyi, who is besides connected trial, is charged with a litany of offenses, including breaking coronavirus protocols, illegally possessing two-way radios, accepting bribes of currency and gold, incitement to origin nationalist alarm, and violating the Official Secrets Act.

Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Burma Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit successful Bangkok, Thailand, connected Nov. 4, 2019. (Chalinee Thirasupa/Reuters)

In her archetypal tribunal grounds connected Tuesday she denied a complaint of incitement successful transportation with her enactment publishing a missive successful February calling connected planetary organizations not to cooperate with the ruling subject junta.

Burma’s authorities media has not reported developments successful Suu Kyi’s aggregate ineligible cases, and 1 of the lone sources of nationalist accusation connected her trial—her lawyer, Khin Maung Zaw—received a gagging bid from the subject authorities earlier this month.

That was aft Burma’s erstwhile president Win Myint said during his tribunal grounds that the subject had tried to force  him to relinquish powerfulness hours earlier the coup, successful comments which challenged the military’s insistence that nary coup took place.

The subject has said it took powerfulness due to the fact that elections past twelvemonth that returned Suu Kyi’s enactment to bureau were flawed—an assertion the country’s electoral committee has dismissed.

Before she was deposed, Suu Kyi led a civilian authorities aft her enactment swept a 2015 election, called erstwhile the subject stepped backmost from fractional a period of nonstop rule.

The coup ended years of tentative steps towards ideology and economical maturation successful Burma aft decades of authoritarian regularisation and economical stagnation.

Reuters

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