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Published: 17:27, December 06, 2021 | Updated: 18:15, December 06, 2021
Detained Myanmar president, state counselor jailed for 4 years
By Xinhua
Published:17:27, December 06, 2021 Updated:18:15, December 06, 2021 By Xinhua

Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi looks on as health workers receive a vaccine for the coronavirus at a hospital in Naypyidaw on Jan 27, 2021. (THET AUNG / AFP)

YANGON - Detained Myanmar President U Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi were sentenced to four years in prison on Monday, Major General Zaw Min Tun, head of the Information Team under the State Administration Council, told Xinhua.

U Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi were convicted of charges with incitement under Section 505 (b) Penal Code and with breaching Natural Disaster Management Law.

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

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 Defense Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing after the declaration of a state of emergency.

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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 has alleged massive voting fraud in the country's November 2020 general elections, which saw the NLD win a majority of seats in both houses of parliament.

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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 March 2021.

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