Detained Myanmar President, State Counsellor’s Sentences Reduced To Two Years

YANGON, Four-year sentences of detained Myanmar President, U Win Myint and State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, were respectively reduced to two years, under Section 401 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, state media reported yesterday.

According to the report, U Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi will continue being held at the current undisclosed locations.

U Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi were sentenced to four years in prison, yesterday morning, as they were convicted of charges with incitement, under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code, and with breaching Natural Disaster Management Law.

After they were detained on Feb 1, along with other officials from the National League for Democracy (NLD), the state power of Myanmar was transferred to Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, after the declaration of a state of emergency.

Since her detainment, Aung San Suu Kyi had been accused of 11 offences, such as violating the Official Secrets Act, among others, while U Win Myint was under two charges of incitement and breaching Natural Disaster Management Law.

Trials over more charges against Aung San Suu Kyi were to follow.

The military alleged massive voting fraud in the country’s Nov, 2020, general elections, which saw the NLD win a majority of seats in both houses of parliament.

The NLD party won an absolute majority of parliamentary seats in the general elections on Nov 8, 2015, and had been running the government since 2016. The five-year term of the NLD government was expected to end in Mar, 2021.