The US described the new conviction of Suu Kyi, the ousted president of Myanmar, as an "affront to justice."

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source: oicanadian.com

The US described the new conviction of Suu Kyi, the ousted president of Myanmar, as an "affront to justice."

At a press conference, State Department spokesman Ned Price criticized the legal actions against the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

The US government described this Monday as "an affront to justice" the new sentence of four years in prison to the ousted Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the legal proceedings brought against her after the military coup in February and demanded her "immediate release."

At a press conference, State Department spokesman Ned Price criticized the legal actions against the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"The unjust conviction and sentence of the Burmese military regime of Aung San Suu Kyi is an affront to justice and the rule of law," said the US official.

For this reason, Price added, the United States urged the regime "to release her immediately" along with other detainees without cause and "to restore Burma's path to democracy."

Suu Kyi, 76 years old and on whom other accusations still hang, had previously been sentenced to four years in prison, which were later reduced to two by a pardon from the military junta, for another crime of violating the restrictions against COVID- 19 and for the crime of incitement against the military.

In the cases resolved this Monday, the panel of judges of the special court authorized by the military junta in Naipyidó found that Suu Kyi violated the Export and Import Law and the telecommunications law for the possession without a license of various communication equipment and a signal inhibitor.

The politician, who has been detained since the military took power and is serving a sentence in an unknown place, still faces an accusation for violating the Law of Official Secrets, with a maximum of 14 years in prison, and six other charges of corruption, punished with up to 15 years each.

The Burmese Army justifies the coup by an alleged massive fraud during the general elections of November 2020, the result of which has been annulled and in which Suu Kyi's party swept, as it did in 2015, with the endorsement of international observers.