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Aung San Suu Kyi, adviser jailed in Myanmar for state secrets

The hugely popular elected leader ousted by the military faces a series of cases in closed courts.

Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty of violating the country’s official secrets law by a secret military court, the latest in a series of convictions handed down by the generals who removed her from office in a coup. Condition.

Aung San Suu Kyi received a three-year sentence on Thursday, an official told the Associated Press news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information about the case.

His economic adviser, Sean Turnell, was also convicted and sentenced to three years in jail, the official said.

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Turnell, an academic at Macquarie University in Sydney, was arrested five days after the February 2021 coup.

“Three years each, no forced labor,” a source familiar with the process told the Reuters news agency.

The exact details of his alleged crimes have not been made public, although state television said last year that Turnell had access to “secret state financial information” and had tried to flee the country. Other members of his economic team were also charged in the case.

Turnell and Aung San Suu Kyi denied the allegations in the case when they testified in August.

Aung San Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison in other cases believed to be aimed at discrediting her and preventing her from ever returning to power.

All sessions of the trial were closed to the media and the public, and a gag order prohibited defense lawyers from disclosing details of the trial.

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